While I was expecting more of an influx today, it appeared that the cloud cover and precipitation was enough to prevent a major flight into New Jersey this morning. That said, there still was an influx of new birds, and coupled with heavy precipitation, we could see some concentrations of new birds across the state. Here’s the radar from sunset last night through 5:30am this morning.
The regional composite showed a similar pattern to Sunday night/ Monday morning, with most migration activity occurring further to the west. Virigina radar did show moderate densities of birds heading into the Delmarva Peninsula, and birds can be seen entering New Jersey early this morning from both the south and the west. Although it’s difficult to see if and where birds may be concentrated based on the precipitation (because it was so widespread), I’d predict that Garret Mountain and Sandy Hook would be good bets this morning. Because of the limited geographic scope of this pulse of birds, as well as the time of year, I’d expect diversity to remain relatively similar with an increase in Eastern Towhees, White-crowned Sparrows, both Kinglets, etc.
Keep an eye on the radar tonight, as we set up for some more southwesterly winds and precipitation.