November Migration

It’s a tough call, whether to continue the radar migration posts through November. It can be a great month for large movements of the common winter species, or as Sam Galick pointed out yesterday on Jerseybirds, it represents the best month for rarities in Cape May. Either way, I’ve just gotten my Mac up and running and can finally post the radar again, so I figured I’d give it a whirl and see how it compares to my old PC. So far I’m pleasantly surprised.

Here’s the radar from sunset last night through sunrise this morning:

Frames are every 1/2 hour for reflectivity and velocity, and every hour for the regional composite. Click on the thumbnail to view the full-sized animation.
Base Reflectivity image from Fort DixBase Velocity image from Fort DixBase Reflectivity image from Dover AFBBase Velocity image from Dover AFBComposite Base Reflectivity image from the Northeastern USA

With the remnants of Noel spinning off the northeast, winds turned northwest over the region and set off some moderate to heavy migration. Movement was generally NNW–>SSE. The big question will be “what were those birds!?” 1000000’s of American Robins? White-throated Sparrows? Pine Siskins? Northern Saw-whet Owls? You’ll have to go find out and report back!

Good Birding


P.S. Come check out my migration forecast for the Mid-Atlantic on

Please don’t forget to become a member of the Woodcreeper/Badbirdz flock today. Membership has its privileges, so read the Become a Member post to find out more.

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