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.
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.
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.
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For migration updates in other regions check-
Michigan’s Upper Peninsula -Â The Northwoods BIRDARÂ by Max Henschell
New England -Â Tom Auer’s blog
Florida/SE -Â Badbirdz ReloadedÂ by Angel and Mariel Abreu
PA/Ohio Valley -Â Nemesis BirdÂ by Drew Weber
NW Ohio -Â Birding the Crane CreekÂ by Kenn Kaufman
Pac NW -Â Birds Over PortlandÂ by Greg Haworth
Continental US -Â eBird BirdCast Forecast & ReportÂ by Team eBird