Posted by: woodcreeper | October 12, 2007 @ 5:41 am

Ooops, they did it again…


Last night the birds got in touch with their “inner Britney” and made a second run for the border through Florida. I’m not quite sure what that means, but I do know that I’m delirious…
here’s the radar from sunset last night through 5:00am 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
All I can say is WOW. Birds were moving en masse over the Sunshine State, and continue to do so as of 5:00AM. Conditions are similar to yesterday, so read yesterday’s post for birding conditions expectations. I would expect that conditions in the southern part of the state would also be improved over yesterday, as many birds pushed downstate overnight. Look at those birds GO!!! Awesome…

Good Birding! 🙂



  1. Well, the birds keep ignoring Matheson Hammock for the most part. You need to put an arrow on your map pointing to Matheson so the birds can find it. Things were fairly slow this moring on the east side with only 8 species of warbler all in singles except for BTB’s. Best of the bunch was a Tennessee.

    The only good bird of the morning was a Philadelphia Vireo that made the effort worhwhile. No other migrants around that I could find.

  2. We woke up early this morning to bird Barnes before heading off to work.
    14 Warbler morning so it was definitely worth being tired today.
    We were also able to add a few Lifers! We birded Barnes from 7:35am to 9:45 am. We saw several of the birds listed below:

    Bay-Breasted Warbler (1)
    Tennessee Warbler (1)
    Nashville Warbler (1)
    Black-throated Green Warbler (1)
    Chestnut-sided Warbler (1)
    Yellow-throated Warbler (1)
    Black-and-White Warbler
    American Redstart
    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
    Northern Parula
    Black-throated Blue Warbler
    Palm Warbler
    Pine Warbler
    Prairie Warbler

    Philadelphia Vireo (1)
    Red-eyed Vireo
    Veery (1)
    Painted Bunting (beautiful male)
    Gray Catbird
    Rufous Hummingbird (1)
    Blue Jay
    N. Mockingbird
    Cooper’s hawk
    Fish Crow
    Red-bellied Woodpecker
    White Ibis (70+)
    Double-crested Cormorant
    E. Starling
    Eurasian Collared Dove
    Mourning Dove

    It was a great morning for us!

    Nature is Awesome!
    Angel & Mariel

  3. Again, diversity was the key at SFBO. Early radar looked “thinner” over Key Biscayne than yesterday, but there appeared to be many birds over the ocean just south on the Melbourne radar. Bryant did a thorough survey of the park today and helped us assess the wind and general pattern of the birds coming in. There seemed to be a west component in the winds from ~10 AM-2 PM, before they switched to more easterly. Bryant observed birds coming into the park in late morning and early afternoon, a fact ground truthed as our nets became increasingly busy. We are interested in comments regarding the birds filtering in all day. Bryant observed birds coming in off the bay as well as the ocean. Other than 2 hard-luck cases, the birds were in good shape.

  4. Hey All:

    Had a decent fallout in the Key West in the last few days. This list is from my last two mornings of birding at Indigenous Park and Fort Zachary Taylor.

    Palm Warbler (gallons of them)
    Prairie Warbler
    Yellow Warbler
    Magnolia Warbler (Some yesterday, many today)
    Black-throated Blue Warbler
    Yellow-throated Warbler
    Tennessee Warbler
    Nashville Warbler (!)
    Orange-crowed Warbler
    Northern Parula
    Black-and-white Warbler
    Common Yellowthroat
    Northern Waterthrush

    Scarlet Tanager (f)
    Indigo Bunting
    White-eyed Vireo
    Red-eyed Vireo
    Northern Rough-winged Swallow
    Barn Swallow
    Peregrine Falcons (15 or so)
    America Kestrel
    Broad-winged Hawk

    Mark Hedden
    Bone Island Bird Expeditions
    “Birding Key West, the Lower Keys, and the Rest of the World.”


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