Back…to the TROPICS!

when Jeff called and asked if I wanted to come to Honduras for a new Leica product launch, I immediately checked my schedule and earmarked vacation days and said OF COURSE!! While I’ve been to South America twice in the last decade, both times for work and little free time, this will be my first time returning to the Central American tropics since around 2001…and I am STOKED!! Honduras generally, and the Lodge at Pico Bonito, specifically, have been on my short list of places I want to visit. Having crossed paths with James Adams, who runs Pico Bonito, over the last five years I know that one can expect great things around the lodge, and even more within a short drive from it. Getting to do it all with a stellar group of birders, naturalists and great writers, just sweetens the deal! So stay tuned as I blog about our adventures over the next week. In the meantime…where is the ticket agent!?

All's quiet on the United front
All’s quiet on the United front

 

The future of woodcreeper.com

To radar, or not to radar, that might be the question. Well I finally got my site back online after some file and database issues caused every link to lead to a blank page…frustrating! It seems like everything is fixed now and you can browse the archives as you wish. If you’re looking for some background on how to read the radar for bird migration, check out the FAQ at the top of the page, or use this link.

This week marks my last days as a Leica employee and two weeks before me and my family head back to Cape May so I can assume my new role as Director of the Cape May Bird Observatory. As you can probably guess, I’m beyond excited about this new opportunity, and grateful for my time with Leica Sport Optics which really broadened my experience in areas important to excelling in my new role. Sometimes the stars align.

As for woodcreeper.com, a new hosting plan has ensured that my overhead costs will be less than before, which helps ‘keep the lights on’. I will keep the site going as an archive of radar data and analysis for as long as it remains useful. As for going forward, that’s a little more up-in-the-air at this point. Given my recent life schedule, daily radar updates are unlikely to continue. Perhaps I’ll post periodic radar analyses when possible and/or when notable. Quite likely I’ll also be posting thoughts and ideas from my new life as Director, musings on migration in general, and reposting things I find interesting on the web and otherwise.

So there you have it, an official update! Thanks again for being a supporter of woodcreeper.com, and please say hello if and when you’re down in Cape May after August 1st!

Good Birding,
David

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Front overtakes the migrants over Lake Erie shoreline – possible fallout conditions today at Magee Marsh

Click on the image for the animation! (then go birding!!!)

Base Reflectivity from 7:30pm on 5/6 - 5:30am on 5/7. Frontal storms overtake migrants in the early morning hours.
Base Reflectivity from 7:30pm on 5/6 – 5:30am on 5/7. Frontal storms overtake migrants in the early morning hours.
Base Velocity from 7:30pm on 5/6 - 5:30am on 5/7. General trajectory is from the SW->NE. Frontal storms overtake migrants in the early morning hours. Many birds made it north of the front, but a good number appear to have fallen out under the storms.
Base Velocity from 7:30pm on 5/6 – 5:30am on 5/7. General trajectory is from the SW->NE. Frontal storms overtake migrants in the early morning hours. Many birds made it north of the front, but a good number appear to have fallen out under the storms.

More birds moving through the Central US

National overview

BOOM! There they go again! Heavy migration behind the latest fronts from the Mid-Atlantic to the West Coast. The heaviest migration was smack dab in the middle of the country, owing to the great movements of birds out of the Upper Midwest over the last few nights. Migration was lighter south of the fronts, and minimal along the New England coast (where I am right now!) due to the southerly flow… but that should change as these fronts move farther south and east today and tomorrow. In the meantime, fallout potential exists along the frontal boundaries and good birding conditions should be apparent at migrant traps throughout the Central US.

national composite nexrad from around 11:00pm on 9/12/13
National Composite NEXRAD from around 11:00pm on 9/12/13

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

Upper Midwest

Minnesota

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

base reflectivity image from Duluth base velocity image from Duluth

base reflectivity image from Minnesota base velocity image from Minnesota

Wisconsin

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

base reflectivity image from green bay, wi base velocity image from green bay, wi

base reflectivity image from milwaukee base velocity image from milwaukee

base reflectivity image from la crosse, wi base velocity image from la crosse, wi

Iowa & Illinois

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

base reflectivity image from chicago, il base velocity image from chicago, il
base reflectivity image from davenport, ia base velocity image from davenport, ia

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,

David

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

Fronts stacked up and filled with birds

National overview

Check out the three fronts stacked up across the Midwest! And between each cookie layer there’s a heaping filling of sweet migrant goodness. Migration was heaviest across the Upper Midwest and down through the Central U.S. with only the Northeastern U.S. neglected due to poor conditions last night. That will change as these fronts move through and cooler air brings birds down from the Boreal breeding grounds over the next few days. Fallout potential is best along the precipitous frontal boundaries while otherwise widespread movement will bring new birds to migrant traps across the U.S. this morning. No time to do the individual radars today, so go ahead and take a stab at them yourselves; besides, you all know what you’re doing by now!!! 🙂

national composite nexrad from around 11:00pm on 9/11/13
National Composite NEXRAD from around 11:00pm on 9/11/13

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

Upper Midwest

Minnesota

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

base reflectivity image from Duluth base velocity image from Duluth

base reflectivity image from Minnesota base velocity image from Minnesota

Northeast winds over much of the Upper Midwest kept birds down once again. Little-to-no migration evident over either Duluth or the Twin Cities radar stations. Expect birding conditions to be consistent from yesterday.

Wisconsin

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

base reflectivity image from green bay, wi base velocity image from green bay, wi

base reflectivity image from milwaukee base velocity image from milwaukee

base reflectivity image from la crosse, wi base velocity image from la crosse, wi

Iowa & Illinois

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

base reflectivity image from chicago, il base velocity image from chicago, il
base reflectivity image from davenport, ia base velocity image from davenport, ia

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,

David

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