Posted by: badbirdz2 | April 24, 2007 @ 5:52 am

More of the same: big migration from SE –> NW

See last night’s comments. Here’s the radar from sunset last night through 5:00am this morning. See yesterday’s radar post for interpretation. More birds!!!

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. This afternoon, 04/24/2007, Ken Williams and I revisited Pelican Bay Community Park in North Naples off of Vanderbilt Beach Road, west of US Rte. 41. Bear in mind that unlike other areas that “jut out” into the Gulf i.e. Sanibel, Fort DeSoto, etc., Collier County really doesn’t have these types of places where fallouts occur. Consequently, it was surprising to me at least, that this little park that is much more “people-friendly” than “wildlife-friendly” had so many migrants this afternoon, given the lack of habitat. There were well over a dozen Blackpoll Warblers and probably 10 or more BT Blues + 3-4 Cape May Warblers — all three of of which are uncommon in Collier County, unlike the east Coast of Florida. In fact, I’ve never seen this many of either species in Collier County in nearly 10 years of migrations. We saw 10 species of warblers including Worm-eating, Northern Parula, Black-throated Blue, Cape May, Prairie, American Redstart, Palm, Ovenbird, Black-and-white, and Blackpoll. we also had a very well hidden Yellow-billed Cuckoo plus White-eyed Vireo and a Ruby-throated Hummingbird among other migrants. This place is well worth keeping an eye on. . . .

  2. Vince- this jibes with the email I sent to Floridabirds, Re: Robin Diaz’s observation. Here’s a copy of the email:

    Flabirds- Robin Diaz noticed something interesting on the radar this morning, and I’m just getting around to checking it out. It appears that birds were still coming in from the Caribbean until around 12:00pm; over the Keys, Cape Sable, and around the southwest coast. I don’t have the radar from those hours, since my animations are only until 5:00am, when I post them. You can view them by going to the NCAR website:

    Here are the settings to see the loop:
    You’ll need to set the date to “Today”, or “4/24/07”, depending on what time you decide to run it.
    Set the “end time” to 1600 (it’s UTC time, so it’s 4 hours ahead of Eastern US – so 1600 = 1200 noon)
    Set the duration to 5 hours. This will take you back as far as sunrise.

    You can check both the base reflectivity (density) and the base velocity (speed and direction) by choosing the appropriate “Product” button at the top of the page.
    Then click on the radar location (BYX for Key West, AMX for Miami) and wait for the animation to load.

    Based on this, I’d say that the southwest coast must have been getting new birds throughout the morning and into the early afternoon….any reports??? If so, please post them on

    Thanks to Robin for bringing this to my attention!

    Good Birding

  3. Trey checked out Matheson Hammock this afternoon while I went to Sadowski after work. He saw two warblers at Sadowski: a Prothonotary and a Cape May. I had 2 Blackpolls, 2 Black-throated Blues, and a Cape May at Sadowski. Seems most of the birds have entirely missed the southeast coast. Trey and I met up at Cutler Wetlands, north of the landfill in souther Dade, and found decent number of shorebirds, including:

    White-rumped Sandpipers (2)
    Stilt Standpipers (5 or 6)
    Long-billed Dowitchers (2)
    Short-billed Dowitchers (at least 10)
    Dowitcher sp. (many. unlike the above, they didn’t call, but some are getting full alternate plumage and I suspect there are more than 2 LBs)
    Semipalmated Sandpipers (many)
    Least Sandpipers (many)
    Western Sandpipers (2)
    Semipalmated Plover (many)
    Lesser Yellowlegs (many)
    Greater Yellowlegs (a few)
    Solitary Sandpipers (2 or 3)
    Black-necked Stilt (many)
    Ruddy Turnstone

    Least Tern (several, nesting)
    Blue-winged Teal (a few)
    Mottled Duck (a few)
    Glossy Ibis (some)
    American White Pelican (2)
    Wood Stork
    Cave Swallow (a couple)

    On Sunday, there were 3 White-rumped Sandpipers, so I’ll keep checking every couple of days to see how the shorebird numbers change.


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