Posted by: vireoojorojo | October 2, 2007 @ 6:27 am

Bird Pileup in extreme South Florida?


Strong easterly flow switched around to the south last night with storms coming through all night long. A decent number of birds tried to leave the Miami area after sunset only to be brought down again by the squalls. Hopefully the ladies of Cape Florida will be able to band sometime today. A very small flight left the lower Keys. The rest of the Southeast had only moderate movements last night for a few hours after sunset while the Mississippi River valley was full of birds on the move all night long. A large band of rain over Central Florida probably blocked birds from coming down the peninsula. (Another rain day..sorry Meret..)
Here’s the radar from sunset last night through sunrise this morning.

Michelle Davis, Guest Blogger

Frames are every 1/2 hour for reflectivity and velocity, and every hour for the regional composite. 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



  1. The “Ladies” had a very busy day today, needing to run nets at 40% capacity. Birds seemed to be a mix of piled-up-eat-’til-you’re-sick fatties and others with respectable pectoral muscles but little or no fat. Perhaps the latter sneaked through last night between rain squalls. FOS White-eyed vireos banded and Swainson’s Warblers still coming in. We continue to band Sharpies, sometimes a group effort and another time Liz went solo. A conservative estimate of Ovenbirds around the banding site is ~150. Most of our banded OVEN were adults. More Cape Mays are around and getting banded than usual.


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