Variable winds, a big moon, and clear skies made for some decent migration conditions (so say birds across the entire eastern US). here’s the radar from sunset last night through 5:30am 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.
While the Central and Mississippi flyways were both showing very high levels of migration, the Eastern flyway still got in on the action with moderate to high levels throughout the night. The composite image really gives some perspective on the magnitude of migration across the region, and the individual radar loops indicate that New Jersey experienced a significant influx of birds into the entire state. The general trajectory was from the SSW–>NNE, owing to the southwesterly flow overnight.
With no weather present to concentrate birds, tried and true spring migrant traps will be the best bet this morning. With the southwest component to the wind, Garret Mtn., Sandy Hook and Cape May should all be good today.
P.S. Come check out my migration forecast for the Mid-Atlantic on Birdcapemay.org