NWS Radar Image of Texas Roosts

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Don Troha
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Location: Texas/Houston

Here's a National Weather Service radar image showing three Purple Martin roosts in north central Texas.
http://www.srh.noaa.gov/graphicast.php?site=fwd&gc=5
2020 - 16 pair, 70 fledged
2019 - 14 pair, 61 fledged
2018 - 15 pair, 63 fledged
2017 - 11 pair, 46 fledged
2016 - 5 pair, 22 fledged
2015 - 3 pair, 13 fledged
2014 - 3 pair, 12 fledged
2013 - 3 pair, 12 fledged
2012 - 2 pair, 8 fledged
2011 - 1 pair, 2 fledged
Chriscreole
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Don Troha
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Sorry about that. The writeup is still there, but the image is gone. :-(
I'll monitor that link over next few days to see if they repost the image.
Meantime I've been using this web site to view archived NEXRAD images of the roost near me.
http://vortex.plymouth.edu/nids.html
The attached image from the plymouth site is more or less what the NWS image showed.
The Garland roost is visible, along with one near Waco, and another NW of Mineral Wells.
Don
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FWS radar image, 07/31/11, 6:42am.
FWS radar image, 07/31/11, 6:42am.
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2020 - 16 pair, 70 fledged
2019 - 14 pair, 61 fledged
2018 - 15 pair, 63 fledged
2017 - 11 pair, 46 fledged
2016 - 5 pair, 22 fledged
2015 - 3 pair, 13 fledged
2014 - 3 pair, 12 fledged
2013 - 3 pair, 12 fledged
2012 - 2 pair, 8 fledged
2011 - 1 pair, 2 fledged
Tommie D
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Location: Kansas/Wichita

Don,
I seen the radar right after you posted it. I thought that was the coolest thing to see the birds disperse like that on radar. I would realy like to see a few like that near me so I could go out and try to find the roost. Thanks for posting that.

Tom
Don Troha
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The webmaster for the NWS Ft Worth site sent me a copy of that image. (Thanks NWS Ft Worth!)
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Image courtesy of NWS Ft Worth, created 7/31/11.
Image courtesy of NWS Ft Worth, created 7/31/11.
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2020 - 16 pair, 70 fledged
2019 - 14 pair, 61 fledged
2018 - 15 pair, 63 fledged
2017 - 11 pair, 46 fledged
2016 - 5 pair, 22 fledged
2015 - 3 pair, 13 fledged
2014 - 3 pair, 12 fledged
2013 - 3 pair, 12 fledged
2012 - 2 pair, 8 fledged
2011 - 1 pair, 2 fledged
BumBee
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Location: Sugar Land, Texas

Hey Don,
I captured these three radar images this morning at about 6:30. I did not see the
Willowbrook Mall roost.

This is awesome!

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Don Troha
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BumBee: Thanks for those radar images.
We were actually out there this morning at sunrise watching the Martins take off.
Kinda different seeing them leave the roost instead of coming in.
2020 - 16 pair, 70 fledged
2019 - 14 pair, 61 fledged
2018 - 15 pair, 63 fledged
2017 - 11 pair, 46 fledged
2016 - 5 pair, 22 fledged
2015 - 3 pair, 13 fledged
2014 - 3 pair, 12 fledged
2013 - 3 pair, 12 fledged
2012 - 2 pair, 8 fledged
2011 - 1 pair, 2 fledged
BumBee
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Don,
I plan to be there tomorrow morning. I can only imagine what it looks like all of the PMs
taking off all at one time before sunrise.
Don Troha
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Suggestion. Get there by maybe 6:15am. From about 5:50am to about 6:15am there's lots of cackling and fidgeting, but not much flying.
Then from about 6:15am to about 6:45am the birds leave the trees in waves swooping down over the parking lot, circling around to gain some altitude, then fly off into the distance.
A few of them head straight to the park next door and stay there.
2020 - 16 pair, 70 fledged
2019 - 14 pair, 61 fledged
2018 - 15 pair, 63 fledged
2017 - 11 pair, 46 fledged
2016 - 5 pair, 22 fledged
2015 - 3 pair, 13 fledged
2014 - 3 pair, 12 fledged
2013 - 3 pair, 12 fledged
2012 - 2 pair, 8 fledged
2011 - 1 pair, 2 fledged
Don Troha
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BumBee, the Willowbrook roost is visible in this radar animation from 8/2/11.
Looks like another one in the Brazos Bend area, another near Dayton, and several others.
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Radar animation of SE Texas 8/2/11.
Radar animation of SE Texas 8/2/11.
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2020 - 16 pair, 70 fledged
2019 - 14 pair, 61 fledged
2018 - 15 pair, 63 fledged
2017 - 11 pair, 46 fledged
2016 - 5 pair, 22 fledged
2015 - 3 pair, 13 fledged
2014 - 3 pair, 12 fledged
2013 - 3 pair, 12 fledged
2012 - 2 pair, 8 fledged
2011 - 1 pair, 2 fledged
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Just FYI, I went by the Willowbrook Mall to check up on that roost because I didn't see it on the radar either. I was there on Saturday night (8/13/2011) and there were a few PMs flying around, but none came into the trees to roost. All I saw were a couple of stray cats near the trees. So that Willowbrook roost has now been abandoned by the PMs.

The Stafford roost is great, though!! 8-) We are going out again on Friday night (19 August) to see them.
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