Sunday, February 27, 2011

The Beginnings of Migration in Fla. and Texas

The days get longer and spring progresses in spite of the weather in some locations. A quick peek at the radar for Sunday night shows the telltale signs of migrants moving north.

The composition of these flocks is unknown but the obvious candidates are waterfowl, blackbirds and some of the early songbird migrants. Is anyone down in Florida or Texas seeing any indication of birds moving?

With time, these radar signatures will become stronger (larger and different in color) and they will appear further north. What you should look for if you are checking the radar are what look like colored rings around every Doppler radar station where birds are moving. For those of us in the north this is just a tease for what we'll be seeing locally in a month or six weeks.

Keep looking up!


jorgenson1717 said...

I was just thinking today that the birds are getting ready to come home. I can't wait for the first sightings here in Northern Mn.

jorgenson1717 said...

I was just thinking that the birds are getting ready to come home to Northern MN. I can't wait. Spring is my favorite time of the year.

Keep posting your observations on the migration.

Anonymous said...

I am in Mission Texas, along the Rio Grande. Our hawk watch started yesterday in Bentsen State Park. Very quiet except for black vultures.

There will not be much waterfowl this far inland but the hawks should start moving soon.

Martha, snowbirding