Posted by: badbirdz2 | April 14, 2007 @ 6:38 am

Big migration over Florida

Last night was yet another big night for nocturnal migration. All Florida radar showed heavy migration, while the regional composite shows that the majority of bird made their way into central and northern Florida. There’s also an interesting push of birds making landfall off the east coast in the early morning, appearing to originate from due east (Bahamas?). If so, this could be visible along the east coast locations from Fort Lauderdale to Cape Florida. Hey Michelle, Robin and Liz- watch out for Kirtland’s! 🙂
Based on the overall flow of birds, the Panhandle and the northeast coast should see a considerable influx of new birds today. Birds were also entering the Keys and South Florida from Cuba, and so they should also see some new birds; although they’ll likely be in low densities over much of the area. Fort Desoto may be the exception, as it appears that much of what left southeastern Florida and the Keys was heading to the Northwest. Margie?

Good Birding

Frames are every 1/2 hour for reflectivity and velocity, and 1 hour for the regional composite
Base Reflectivity image from Key WestBase Velocity image from Key West Base Reflectivity image from MiamiBase Velocity image from Miami Regional Base Reflectivity for the Southeast



  1. Alas, Cape Florida appears to have been vacuumed last night. David’s comment “… made their way into central and northern Florida” seems to be ground truthed. I even checked the east side of the park with hopes. Bryant Roberts leads a bird walk today in Birch State Park so perhaps he, and whoever birds Spanish River today, may have interesting sightings involving Bahamas migrants. Four Gray Kingbirds at extreme south tip were only evidence of migration; other birds seemed to be residuals. Greg and Debbie Jones were also having quiet birding when I saw them ~9 AM.

  2. First, thank you David for your efforts. It has been fun to watch and predict what the migrants are up to. I have been reading the radars and weather forcast and making my own predictions, prior to reading your Blog.
    I must understand your logic pretty well, so far I have observed and predicted nearly the same as your reports.

    Anyway, tonight if there are any birds still in Cuba or the Bahamas that make their move tonight, we should see some kind of fall out for Monday morning. I am personally hoping for movement so there is opportunity for a fall out.

    I plan to bird AD Barnes in the morning to see what the weather brings.

    Thanks again for the reports. It has been interesting to follow the movement of the migrants.

    See ya!

  3. Each year during this month when fishing in the ocean off Key Biscayne in Miami, I see very small birds coming across the ocean (east to west) trying to make it to shore. This past week, may 11, we saw hundreds making the crossing. It seems that when one bird is flying alone that they seem very tired and often land on our boat for a rest.

    What species are these little birds and where are they coming from?


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