Fall migration is definitely back in session. Reports of a wide number of migrants have been trickling through the listservs and now the weather patterns are starting to push larger numbers of birds south. I’ll try to post some more information on interpreting radar in the near future, as well as put some effort into interpreting the migration each morning. As always, this type of effort benefits from info from you, the reader. Let me know what you are seeing, how the flight was in your area, and if it panned out as expected in the comments below. Better yet, paste in your eBird checklist (or the URL) so you can share it with everyone!
The radar should a moderate N -> S movement of birds across the entire region. We are still on the early side of passerine migration but there are still a lot of species to see if you are able to find some feeding flocks. Check out the list that the Morning Flight counters in Cape May tallied.
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As always, please leave me comments on what you find out in the field.
For migration updates for other regions check-
New England – Tom Auer’s blog
New Jersey – Woodcreeper by David La Puma
Florida/SE – Badbirdz Reloaded by Angel and Mariel Abreu
NW Ohio – Birding the Crane Creek by Kenn Kaufman
Arizona – Words About Birds by Tim Schreckengost
Pac NW – Birds Over Portland by Greg Haworth
I need your help! These reports will only be as good as the feedback I get on these updates. Please leave comments on interesting patterns of migration you are seeing in the field so I can incorporate some ground truthing to my forecasts and predictions. Thanks!