The north winds are back…for now

To get the updates out earlier, I may post incomplete updates in the morning with all the radar animations and then update the text as I am able to.

Regional Overview

Migration was hot and heavy in the southeast and up the Central Flyway but storms and north winds combined to keep migrants down in the Ohio Valley, Mid-Atlantic and Northeast. It looks like we will be getting south winds tonight through Friday or Saturday so expect the next big push later this week.

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


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The velocity radar did not show much of a directional component, but when they did everything was moving south at the same rate as the wind. Birds are here, just not many new ones moved in overnight, so good places to check will be good foraging areas for migrants that breed to our north, and good breeding habitat for species that breed in the state.


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Maryland saw the least amount of radar activity until the precipitation passed through. I don’t think that there was enough birds in the sky to cause any sort of fallout conditions this morning. Expect birds to be around, packing on fat for a big flight tonight.

New York

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Like the other states, there was not much migration activity across NY last night. The radar showed a lot of clutter, but with no real directional component on the velocity radar.


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Ohio looked like there was a small movement of migrants with the velocity radar indicating that some things were moving north against the winds. Magee Marsh could continue to be a great place to check, they have already gotten several early warbler species and have had some pretty good days.

Check Kenn Kaufman’s blog for the migration outlook for the 18th-22nd.

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
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!