Total birds

72700 Birds have crossed Cook County so far tonight (est.)

Starting: Tue, May 17, 2022, 8:10 PM CDT

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Live migration traffic

64,800 Birds now in flight (est.)
Direction: NNW
Speed: 29 mph
Altitude: 2,700 ft
Recorded: Wed, May 18, 2022, 12:10 AM CDT

Here's what's happened so far tonight...

Birds in flight

Birds usually begin to migrate 30 to 45 minutes after sunset, with the greatest number in flight two to three hours later.

Flight direction and speed

Birds tend to migrate northward in spring, but seasonal timing, weather, and geography alter their flight directions and speeds.

Altitude

Migrating birds regularly fly up to 10,000 feet above ground, although seasonal timing and weather conditions dramatically impact their distributions.

Note: Direction, speed, and altitude may be unreliable when the number of birds in flight is low. In such cases, chart data may include gaps.

And so far this season...

Birds in flight (nightly avg.)

During spring migration, most birds pass through the contiguous U.S. from mid-April to mid-May.

Total birds crossed

This is the estimated total number of birds that have fully crossed this region. The curve rises quickly during peak migration and levels off at the end of the season.

Expected nocturnal migrants

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Nocturnally migrating species most likely to arrive or depart this region at this time of year, based on frequency of observations

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Colorado State University
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