Friday, April 30, 2010

This is Gonna be Bad

As more and more information becomes available about the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the gravity of the situation is really becoming obvious. To compound the worries, this is the peak of cross gulf migration and the radar maps from this morning showed what appeared to be a pretty heavy landfall along the coast.

This is a NASA satellite photo of the spill as it sits off the coast.

This radar image from CONUS shows heavy returns along the coast this morning and and a look at the loop image indicates movement inland. Hopefully, most migrants will land far enough away from the coast as to be unaffected but right now lots of breeding coastal birds are in for a tough time.

The New York Times has a good article that discusses the potential (inevitable?) impact on wildlife along the coast.

I would be curious to hear from birders along the coast as to the arrival of migrants today along the Gulf Coast.

1 comment:

Nate said...

The south wind was pretty strong last night. Hopefully it carried some of the migrants over the slick and far enough inland to be safe.