An interesting night of migration on north winds

Regional Overview

Looks like the radar is up! So here is a belated post of the interesting conditions last night.

Last night was an interesting night of migration. The north winds at the beginning of the night created what one would guess to be poor migration conditions, however, the birds still decided to fly as the winds died down and changed more from the east. Check out the PA and NY radars to see what looks like a cloud of migrants taking off over the southern part of Pennsylvania and flying up to reach New York by the early morning hours.


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The central PA radar showed a very interesting pattern on the radar, with what appeared to be a concentration of birds moving up through the center part of the state. In fact, between 1am and 4am last night, it appears that there was a large pulse of migrants that took to the skies and headed north. This shows up on all of the radar stations covering PA and this influx seems to have been verified from the reports coming in from the field.

As always, please leave me comments on what you find out in the field.


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Maryland showed moderate and evenly distributed migration last night. There were a lot og birds moving over the region

New York

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New York may have also experienced a nice influx of new species as you can see the ‘bloom’ of migrants on the radar starting in PA and heading north in the early morning hours.


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Ohio saw the strongest migration in the region, with lots of migrants registering on the radar the whole night. It sounds like nw Ohio had an excellent morning. We can see the rain showers moving through early in the morning which may have encouraged some birds down to the ground.

Check Kenn Kaufman’s blog for more specifics on what to expect this time of year.

For migration updates or 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
Wisconsin – Woodcreeper by David La Puma
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!