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rolandfarm
Posts: 2
Joined: Fri Jul 17, 2020 6:29 pm
Location: mckinney tx

I guess I'm not that good using the search feature. Cn anyone tell me if there any roost sites in the Dallas area, preferably north?
Thanks
Whippy
Posts: 615
Joined: Thu Jan 19, 2017 11:15 pm
Location: Plano, Texas
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Farm,

i had not seen a roost in the Dallas area however, last year I saw a huge congregation of Martins on Cedar Creek Lake. I don't know if they were roosting there but that's the largest flock of Martins I ever saw. It was early in the afternoon when I saw them so they weren't actively going to roost.

They say you can find a roost by looking at the radar but I'm not sure which radar to look at. Hopefully someone here will be able to tell us. I'm with you in that I would love to know where our Martins are going in late summer.

Found this just now. Maybe it'll show something this evening.

https://radar.weather.gov/ridge/radar_l ... R&loop=yes

So I'm sitting here watching that radar and wondering if our Martins actually travel South to Austin or Houston to join those flocks there and roost with them in preparation to migrate to the Amazon.


Coolwhips
2016 - late to put up, many visitors
2017 - 1 pair, 3 fledged
2018- 2 pair, 12 fledged
2019 - 4 pair, 21 fledged
2020 - 15 pair, 67 fledged
scottfreidhof
Posts: 259
Joined: Fri Sep 21, 2007 7:13 am
Location: Kentucky/Morehead

https://www.purplemartin.org/research/1 ... ?roost=458

Link above displays a roost report from 2019 at the Hollywood movie theater in Garland, Texas. Today's radar shows a huge roost near Garland again.
rolandfarm
Posts: 2
Joined: Fri Jul 17, 2020 6:29 pm
Location: mckinney tx

Thank you
Whippy
Posts: 615
Joined: Thu Jan 19, 2017 11:15 pm
Location: Plano, Texas
Martin Colony History: See Signature

Scott,

What radar were you looking at to see the roost?

Thank you,

Coolwhips
2016 - late to put up, many visitors
2017 - 1 pair, 3 fledged
2018- 2 pair, 12 fledged
2019 - 4 pair, 21 fledged
2020 - 15 pair, 67 fledged
scottfreidhof
Posts: 259
Joined: Fri Sep 21, 2007 7:13 am
Location: Kentucky/Morehead

https://vortex.plymouth.edu/myo/rad/nids.html

This weather site was shared years ago on the forum - cannot remember who specifically. The nice thing about this radar site is that you can choose a day and time.

Instructions:
RADAR SITE - choose Spinks AP/Dallas-Ft Worth, TX (FWS) on the drop down menu
NIDS PRODUCT - already set
YEAR - already set
MONTH - already set
DAY - choose today's date 19th
HOUR - choose 11 Z
MINUTE - choose 30
SIZE - already set
OUTPUT TYPE - choose 25-frame GIF on drop down menu
CENTER - type in FWS
ZOOM - choose Zoom by 50%

Then click on the box "Click Here to View Map" The image is on a continuous loop. You will notice the big donut forming towards the end of the loop east of Dallas.
scottfreidhof
Posts: 259
Joined: Fri Sep 21, 2007 7:13 am
Location: Kentucky/Morehead

https://www.wunderground.com/radar/us

I actually prefer this site because it allows me to zoom in on a roost radar image such that I can choose a location within a county where to begin searching for the roost. The drawback is that it only stores the last hour of radar so you have to remember to look at it around 7:30 am or 8:00 am EDT at the latest each morning. Most roosts begin to show up on radar around 6:30 am EDT where I live.

Instructions:
Click on your state on the map of the U.S.
Click on the radar site circle closest to where you live
In the space under the radar map image, find the "Animate" box and click on 20 frames on the drop down menu
In the "Frame Delay" box click on medium speed
Then located just above the radar map image, click on the play button symbol to watch the radar image for the last hour up to the present time
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