Posted by: badbirdz2 | April 5, 2007 @ 11:08 am

Birds moving into Florida

This thing gets cooler everyday. Forgive the abbreviated animation loops today, as I was tinkering under the hood last night and screwed up the download script such that I only got data from 1:00am to sunrise this morning (which is what you see when you click on the images below). The cool thing is that I added the southeast composite image so you can get a better idea of where birds go after crossing the Straits of Florida (or after leaving any point on the Florida peninsula). Notice on the composite that last night birds are seen entering the Miami radar after crossing over from Cuba. These are probably a mix of birds from Cuba as well as from the Southern Everglades…okay East Coast birders, go see what’s out there! I think from now on I’ll need to download the Miami radar as well…this is about to get “out of hand”. 😉

Good Birding


Frames are every 1/2 hour:
Base Reflectivity image from Fort Dix Base Velocity image from Fort Dix Regional Base Reflectivity for the Southeast



  1. David:

    Many thanks for your interest and enthusiasm re: bird migration and radar detection. For groundtruthing purposes, you may find the following interesting. Today (4/5) Liz Golden and I banded in Bill Baggs Cape Florida SP. We had 12 new birds, most of which seemed to be migrants. Activity picked up mid-morning, a consistent feature when birds are over the ocean ~5 AM. Birds: Painted Bunting (4), Gray Catbird (4), Palm Warbler (1), American Redstart (1), Prairie Warbler (1), Sharp-shinned Hawk (1 probable wintering bird). 2 Chucks were seen but not banded. Yesterday, the park seemed devoid of birds.

    We’ll help Michelle Davis (our mentor and “trainer”) band tomorrow, since we anticipate further wind shift tonight.

    Robin Diaz and Liz Golden
    Key Biscayne, FL


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