All Quiet on the Eastern Front

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Regional Overview

[dc]I[/dc]t was another night of little to no migration in the Ohio Valley and Mid-Atlantic. Brisk winds from the WNW and snow and rain shows drifting across PA and NY from the north gave birds little motivation to migrate.


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Precipitation dominated over central PA but eastern and southwest parts of the state saw some clearer skies. It appears that there may have been some birds moving at the two ends of the state. It may be interesting to see what birding conditions are like in Mercer, Butler and Clarion where the edge of the storm lingered all night. Birds that were migrating could have put down as they hit this band of precipitation.

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


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There was some movement over Maryland but in very low densities, barely being picked up by the velocity radar.

New York

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Central New York was pretty much completely covered in storms last night, eliminating any chance at migration for most species.


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Ohio had the clearest skies but the winds seemed to stymie any migration. Velocity radar only show southbound radar targets.

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!