More birds over the mid-Atlantic

With more light northerly winds birds took to the sky once again. Here’s the radar from sunset last night through 5:00am this morning.

Frames are every 1/2 hour. Click on the thumbnail to view the full-sized animation.

Base Reflectivity image from Fort Dix Base Velocity image from Fort Dix Base Reflectivity image from Dover AFB Base Velocity image from Dover AFB Base Reflectivity image from Upton NY Base Velocity image from Upton NY Composite Base Reflectivity image from the Northeastern USA

As I’m still recovering from yesterday’s Big Sit (final tally was 117 species) I’ll keep this short and sweet. Migration was again much heavier to our south as the bulk of the long-distance migrants continue their journey. To our north things remain light to moderate with the higher densities being felt along the coast last night. I attribute this to the lack of a cold snap to our north keeping food stocks high and reducing the need for late-season migrants to head south since, otherwise, the weather is just fine for southbound migration. Expect new birds to be dispersed across the region today with the best bets being fall hotspots good for sparrows and the like. Northeast winds will turn east later today which bodes well for inland migrant traps and hawkwatches over the next two days.

Good Birding


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One Response to More birds over the mid-Atlantic

  1. wendy malmid says:

    Went to Sandy Hook this AM. Sparrows were in good numbers with White-Throated having the largest amount. A Grasshopper Sparrow and Eastern Meadowlark and Lincoln’s Sparrow were in K-Lot area. Heard of Tenn.Warbler seen by Rich Kane and Evan Obercian.
    Yellow-Bellied Sapsuckers and Brown Creepers and Winter Wren tallied today. There is still a good number of Golden Crowned Kinglets around. 2 Pied-Billed Grebes at Plum Island.
    A female Cooper’s Hawk tried to catch a sparrow not more than 30 feet away from us but did not succeed. Common-Yellowthroat,Yellow-Rumped WA, Palm and Magnolia seen.
    As to be expected the law of diminishing returns is in effect with less birds seen after a number of good weather days giving them the tailwind they desire to leave the Hook.