Posted by: NatureIsAwesome | October 31, 2008 @ 7:19 am

Migration Lives On!

Here is the radar from 8:00pm to 6:30am this morning.
The winds blowing from the NNE–>SSE at an average of 17 knots, with winds shifting to East winds throught out the day.

Frames are every 1/2 hour. Click on the thumbnail to view the full-sized animation.
Base Reflectivity image from Key West, FL Base Velocity image from Key West, FL Base Reflectivity image from Miami, FL Base Velocity image from Miami, FL Composite base reflectivity for the Southeastern USA

Sorry for the late post but we had a busy morning. Migration is back on track and it seems that we will have a good push of birds on its way down from NC, SC and Georgia for this weekend (let’s pray). The radars in NC, SC, and Georgia were blowing up last night. Birds were on the move through out the night making there way south and heading into the northern portion of FL. The Jacksonville radar showed the most movement along with good densities. The East winds kept the birds over land and heading South, we expect JAX to have a nice influx of birds today. The Melbourne radar showed movement of birds heading down into the Miami radar, a nice movement of birds can be seen heading south towards the Miami radar with birds sticking over land due to the North easterlies. We expect inland migrant traps to be best, but Cape FL and HT Birch State Park should see a new group of migrants this morning as well. Birds were moving South towards the Keys via FL Bay after some weather passed through. The movement started a little late around 10:30pm which should keep the birds from overshooting Key West, so expect a new arrival of birds down there. All in all migration is back on track through out the Carolinas, Georgia, and Florida. More birds will continue to make their way south and soon we will see new birds flying around, we expect a mix of late migrants making their way to their wintering homes, and short distance migrants to start making their way into FL in the next week.

Any observations will be greatly appreciated and will help us with interpreting the radar better. Please post your sightings, whether you observed migrants or nothing at all. Every little bit will help. Thank you.
Good Birding

Nature is Awesome,
Angel and Mariel

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  1. Hey flock, sorry for delayed report, but here is what a swamp walk rendered last night. Cheers to all!

    10/30/08 Late afternoon/dusk at Chekika, SW end of main road (237 Av).

    Wilson’s Snipe: Good flyovers, up to 20+ birds, one “flock” with 6 birds.
    Red-tailed Hawk: An interesting “Intermediate-type” juvenile kettling with TUVUs.
    Northern Harrier: Highlights were 2 distinct first-winter males; also juveniles seen.
    King Rail: 9 individuals heard at 5 distinct locations, 2 birds seen.
    Sora: 1 bird heard “whistling” along with the “pumping” of Kings; soon after the Sora gave great looks as it ran along the road’s edge.
    Swamp Sparrow: 2 birds seen simultaneously, others heard.
    Grasshopper Sparrow: seen and heard++.
    Also: Strong numbers of N. Rough-winged Swallows moving through, along with many Barn Swallows;
    Good numbers of Tricolored Herons, and an exciting flock of nearly 2 dozen Black-crowned Night-Herons;
    House Wrens, and much more.

  2. Thanks for reporting your sightings Rafael, it is greatly appreciated! Cheers!

    Nature is Awesome!
    Angel & Mariel

  3. Cape Florida was dead today. 4 birds banded, nothing flying around out there. Since it is so quiet, it should be obvious if/when this new pulse of birds makes it this far south. I’m guessing if they come this way they’ll be showing up on Melb radar tonight (Oct 31-Nov 1) and in the Miami area by Sunday the 2nd. We’ll see what really happens!

  4. Just scanned some posts from Jethro at the Kiptopeake banding station on the Virginia Eastern Shore. Sounds like those birds moving are almost all Yellowrumps.


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