Thursday, April 16, 2015

April 16th, 2015

Tonight's radar
Evening everyone!

It's getting late, so I'll use this report as a (much needed) exercise in brevity

Exciting news! In tonight's weak and confused winds, birds are migrating throughout the state. Concentrations overall are light, but the beauty is in their consistency throughout the Prairie State. Migration is already reaching moderate concentrations in far southern and southwestern Illinois; we'll see tomorrow if concentrations increase throughout the state. Regardless of where you are, there should be some notable arrivals and influxes tomorrow, albeit more subtle than what we'll see in May.

Tonight's winds
Looking ahead, winds are forecast to be weakly southerly in Southern and Central Illinois tomorrow night. Northern Illinois is set to be in a high pressure center that ushers winds in from the north, so migration will likely be less notable there. SO, if you're in Central and Southern Illinois, Saturday morning may be an exciting time to get out there and survey some migrants. Northern Illinois may just show less obvious influxes from the the night before. The real time to look forward to throughout the state, though, is Saturday night, when winds are forecast to be strongly southeasterly. If the forecast holds (it has remained consistent for a couple of days now), Saturday morning should be a nice warm-up for what appears on Sunday morning. Good stuff. I'm excited! You?

Winds forecast for Saturday night
As always, here's the eBird page for your convenience in predicting what birds are over our heads right now.

Until tomorrow night, good birding everyone!

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