Everywhere but the northeast

Regional Overview

Most of the country saw some heavy migration but from Delaware to eastern Ohio to Maine, north winds denied birds the chance to migrate last night. With the migration going so well to the south, I would think that a fair number of new birds would be showing up into the southern part of the area that showed little migration. Basically, its late April, and regardless of weather conditions or the previous nights flight, birds are around and birding can be great! Check out the eBird BirdCast Migration Forecast for April 27- May 3.

Unfortunately I am having difficulties with the radar downloads this morning. Check back later for a more thorough analysis as I get all the images processed.


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North winds prevented much of a movement last night across the entire state. We are still benefitting from the big influx two nights ago so I suspect that birding could still be quite good today if you happen across a foraging flock

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


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Maryland was at the southern limit of the area of no migration, and winds were not as strictly north all night, so I would expect a small influx across the state. Few birds were flying so there may be a net gain as birds moved in from the south but the previous arrivals did not take to the skies to head north.

New York

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New York likely saw few new birds enter the state last night as it is a long ways away from the center of last nights migration activity. That being said, there should be good birds around and they didn’t go anywhere. Check out breeding grounds and areas with an abundance of food, such as insect concentrations around flowering trees.


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Ohio experienced some moderate migration, especially in the southern part of the state. Expect birders to rack up good lists of warblers if they encounter some flocks. A thin band of precipitation moved through sw Ohio overnight bringing the possibility of small fallouts– ‘smallouts’– in localized areas that were along the edge of the front overnight. I think the nw Ohio migrant traps may see a nice variety today with the amount of migration happening to the south, but little movement taking birds out of the region.

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!