Posted by: woodcreeper | October 13, 2007 @ 5:44 am

Return of the east winds


Migration over Florida continued last night, although with a stronger easterly flow most birds can be seen moving from NE to SW across the state (especially in the south). 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, FLComposite base reflectivity for the Southeastern USA
Unfortunately the Miami radar went down at about midnight, so I had to abandon it for today. The composite really tells the best story anyway, as you can see birds entering the state from the north and moving across the state from northeast to southwest. There was a heavy departure from the mainland heading into the Florida Straits, and places like Key West should see some good numbers today as plenty of birds can be seen putting down in the Lower Keys as of 5:00am. The southwest coast should also be good this morning based on the easterly winds. Good numbers of birds launched off the eastern seaboard last night, and with easterly flow over Florida, some may make landfall throughout the day today. It’ll be interesting if the lovely ladies of Key Biscayne happen to notice some late afternoon arrivals (likely with lower-than-expected fat scores(?)).

I also just wanted to thank all of you who have contributed to the site. Your comments and observations make this place what it is, so go ahead and give yourself a pat on the back.

Thanks again, and Good Birding! 🙂


  1. We don’t know if you checked the TAS birdboard yesterday but a Townsend’s Warbler was sighted at Kendall Indian Hammock Park yesterday. Angel & I headed out there this morning for about 30 minutes to try our luck before he had to work all day.

    We were able to see a Blackburian Warbler, Bay-breasted Warbler, Black-throated Green Warbler, Black-and-white Warbler, Black-throated Blue Warbler, Prairie Warbler, Palm Warbler (many), Blue-gray Gnatcatcher but NO Townsend’s Warbler.

    Although within 30 minutes after we left Rock told us that he was able to relocate the Townsend’s in the oaks at Kendall Indian Hammock Park not too far from the parking lot area.
    Hopefully we will be able to make another trip out there tomorrow before it’s gone. There were many birds in the park! Good Luck Birding to all!

    Nature is Awesome!
    Angel & Mariel

  2. ARGH! The annoying NE winds are keeping banding to a slow but steady pace. While reports farther inland use phrases like “warblers dripping from the trees” and “large flocks swarming,” we had to work hard today to squeeze out 58 birds. Over 40% of banded birds were Black-throated Blues but the rest was a very eclectic mix. We banded a big Cooper’s Hawk (Maddog will be proud) that bounced out of several nets before Nancy cornered her. Other birds banded include: Yellow (Eastern) Palm Warbler, Swainson’s Thrush, 2 Yellow-billed Cuckoos, 2 Indigo Buntings, Scarlet Tanager, 3 Gray Catbirds and a warbler assortment. We noticed an increase in variety during the early afternoon but we don’t know what, if anything, this means. Winds will be 24 kts tomorrow so I imagine inland spots will be easier to bird and more productive.

  3. The highlights of today’s BCAS field trip to H. T. Birch State Park and Evergreen Cemetery were great looks at a Nashville Warbler (FOTS) and Peregrine Falcon at Birch. Other good birds seen included Pileated Woodpecker, Tennessee and Magnolia Warblers, Ruby-crowned Kinglet (FOTS), Scarlet Tanager, Swainson’s Thrush, Blue Grosbeak (FOTS), and a male Painted Bunting. Here is a partial list of the birds seen.

    Warblers seen on 10/13/07 at H. T. Birch State Park and Evergreen Cemetery:

    Tennessee Warbler
    Nashville Warbler (I’m pretty sure I heard another on calling near by)
    Northern Parula
    Magnolia Warbler
    Cape May Warbler
    Black-throated Blue Warbler (most abundant)
    Yellow-throated Warbler
    Prairie Warbler
    Palm Warbler
    Black-and-white Warbler
    American Redstart
    Common Yellowthroat

    Other migrants and birds of interest seen:

    Accipiter sp.
    Red-shouldered Hawk (To dark to be a local)
    American Kestrel
    Peregrine Falcon
    Belted Kingfisher
    Pileated Woodpecker
    Eastern Wood-Pewee
    Empidonax (sp.)
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet
    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
    Swainson’s Thrush
    Gray Catbird
    Scarlet Tanager
    Blue Grosbeak
    Indigo Bunting
    Painted Bunting


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