Monday, May 18, 2009

Bulk of Migrants Inching North

It appears from last night's nexrad images that the heaviest concentrations of migrants are out of the southern states and are now moving through the upper midwest. Places like Missouri, Iowa, Illinois and parts of Kansas and Nebraska are seeing the big moves north. That's not surprising with the strong southerly winds that have been almost constant since early last week.

Numbers at the banding station on Sunday would not have suggested that there was lots of movement into Minnesota, however the variety of species continues to increase. Numbers should be higher by the end of this week.

Still some early migrants hanging around like Yellow-rumped and Palm Warblers. Many of the mid to late migrants can be found with enough effort. I'm still waiting for that morning when the trees are "dripping" with warblers!


Seppo said...

The radar image shows nicely the scale of the migration. There really is something in the air at the night! :)

Anonymous said...

Check it out tonight. It looks like a lot of birds are moving North along the mexican/texas gulf coast.

Minnesota Birdnerd said...

South Texas is showing movement. The other gulf states still look fairly quiet but it will be interesting to see what the radar shows in an hour or two.