Light migration across region

Regional Overview

Finally, a little movement across the Ohio Valley and Mid-Atlantic as winds shifted to the west. The migration was light as there was still precipitation passing through much of the region for part of the night, but expect this to change as weather patterns change to give us south winds tonight.


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With the slightly more conducive weather last night, there was evidence of bird migration from all of the radar stations covering PA. I would expect to see an increased variety of warblers being reported across the state, as well as more reports of Wood Thrush, orioles and tanagers. While conditions were decent through PA, south-central New York did not experience the same movement. This difference in conditions may result in good numbers of birds at local migrant traps in the northern part of PA.

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


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Maryland had light migration, so expect new species to be showing up in greater numbers. Without weather to concentrate birds, best bet is to check out migrant traps and spring hotspots.

New York

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New York’s radar was difficult to interpret with the precipitation moving through, but from the velocity radar it appeared that any movement detected was heading south.


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Southern Ohio seemed to show some light bird migration happening last night. Further north, all the movement seemed to be ENE along the lakeshore when the velocity radar was clear enough to interpret. Some birds were making the flight across the lake this morning and if the didn’t make it very far before daylight, they may be piling up along the lake. Check lake migrant traps.

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!