Woodcreeper On The Road: Headed for High Island, TX

National overview

Evidence of nocturnal migration could be seen across all flyways last night with the heaviest movements from Texas to southern Minnesota, and along the eastern seaboard. New arrivals on the Texas coast last night should still be present this morning, while a new group of Trans-Gulf migrants is expected to make landfall this afternoon from Texas to Louisiana.

national composite nexrad from around 11:00pm on 4/13/13

National Composite NEXRAD from around 11:00pm on 4/13/13

Below are the radar loops from sunset last night through 5:00am (central time) this morning

Western Gulf Coast


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

base reflectivity image from Brownsville base velocity image from Brownsville

base reflectivity image from Corpus Christi base velocity image from Corpus Christi

base reflectivity image from Houston, TX base velocity image from Houston, TX


base reflectivity image from Lake Charles, LA base velocity image from Lake Charles, LA

More birds pushed up into the Western Gulf region last night as light southeast winds and clear skies provided optimal migration conditions. Presumably the small number of birds that arrived from the Yucatan late yesterday evening would have stuck around last night due to exhaustion. Therefore while many birds did leave the region last night, we should see some turnover at spring hotspots this morning. A stationary front across the gulf will provide some resistance to Trans-Gulf migrants making the crossing today and could result in some small influx of new birds along the Texas/Louisiana coastline later this afternoon.

As always, woodcreeper.com depends on you to report your sightings and be our ‘eyes on the ground’, so please come back and give us an idea of how we’re doing predicting birding conditions in your neck of the woods.

Good Birding,


For migration updates in other regions check-

Michigan’s Upper Peninsula - The Northwoods BIRDAR by Max Henschell
New England - Tom Auer’s blog
Florida/SE - Badbirdz Reloaded by Angel and Mariel Abreu
PA/Ohio Valley - Nemesis Bird by Drew Weber
NW Ohio - Birding the Crane Creek by Kenn Kaufman
Pac NW - Birds Over Portland by Greg Haworth
Continental US - eBird BirdCast Forecast & Report by Team eBird

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