Posted by: vireoojorojo | October 3, 2007 @ 6:22 am

Not much moving last night

Strong southerly winds prevented birds from departing last night. Miami radar shows a possible ‘reverse migration’ to the NW of birds dispersing away from the SE coast. Some migration is evident in the SE US and Panhandle but the birds appear to have landed well before sunrise.

Michelle Davis, guest blogger


Here’s the radar from sunset last night through 5:30am this morning.

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

Good Birding! 🙂


  1. We headed out to Cape FL in the late afternoon to bird for a little while. On our way we stopped on the beaches on the right side before the Seaquarium. We observed a mixture of shorebirds working the beach for dinner. There were Ruddy Turnstones, SemiPalmated Plovers and Sanderlings with a dash of a few Laughing Gulls.
    For about 20 minutes we were observing the group foraging when a Belted Kingfisher came out of left field and plunged into the water coming up with a fish nestled tightly in her beak only to be harrassed by Laughing Gulls trying to swipe her catch.
    We observed the following before heading to the park:

    30+ Laughing Gull (on the ground and flying about)
    1 Lesser Blacked-Backed Gull
    1 Belted Kingfisher (female)
    22 Sanderlings
    17 Ruddy Turnstone
    2 Semipalmated Plover
    5 Double-crested Cormorant
    2 Tri-colored Heron
    2 Osprey
    6 Brown Pelican
    2 Black Vulture
    2 Rock Dove

    Then we were off to Bill Baggs Cape FL…

    Although we admit it was not as active around the same time a week prior we did enjoy observing a few birds that graced us with their presence. We noticed a few Merlins still present in the park as well as some Kestrels. In addition we also saw a perched Peregrine Falcon. The Falcon had just treated us with a amazing aerial display. The Peregrine flew from it’s perch about 150 feet away increasing altitude then dive bombed a bird in the palm tree but it missed. It was AWESOME! With that making the highlight of our day we headed home.
    Here is a list of a few other birds we saw at the Cape:

    1 Peregrine Falcon
    4 Merlin
    2 American Kestrel
    1 Red-Shouldered Hawk
    1 Belted Kingfisher (heard)
    3 Magnificient Frigatebird
    2 Common Yellowthroat (2 seen but heard several more)
    1 Ovenbird
    1 Palm Warbler
    4 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (4 seen others heard)
    2 Cardinal (2 seen many more heard)
    3 Mourning Dove
    2 Common Ground Dove
    2 N. Mockingbird
    2 Brown Pelican

    We probably would have seen alot more if it wasn’t so late in the day and if we would have had more time. Overall it was a great afternoon outdoors and off work so we were happy.

    We are really looking forward to our first time on the Tigertail/Corkscrew TAS trip this Saturday. Good birding to all.

    Nature is Awesome!
    Angel & Mariel


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