Here I go again on another adventure! This time I’m heading to The Biggest Week for two days before a big international trip across the border to the Point Pelee Festival of Birds. This will be my first trip to both places and I’m totally stoked. To celebrate I’ll be posting the radar data for Pittsburgh, PA, Cleveland, OH, and Detroit, MI, and will try to make sense of it all in terms of migration at these two classic spring hotspots.
Hot and heavy migration continued up the Central Flyway last night with the heaviest movement from Texas to Iowa. High pressure over the Great Lakes kept things a bit quieter from Michigan to the Ohio Valley, and the Northeast will have to wait for the latest low to clear before birds make it up that way in earnest. The real hotspots, last night, though, were in the metro D.C. area where heavy migration coupled with a strong low pressure system should lead to some fallout conditions this morning. Also, birders in eastern Kansas, where storms intersected birds in the early morning hours, should also be on the lookout for fallout at first light. Migration continued up the west coast as well, from California to Washington State.