Posted by: woodcreeper | October 14, 2007 @ 5:45 am

Little migration over Florida


Comparatively speaking, there was very little migration over the Sunshine State last night. 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
The radar shows a small puff of birds leaving the mainland for the Keys, and some low-level southbound migration over each of the radar stations across the state. Movement remains NE –> SW, so inland and west coast sites will be best today. Interestingly, good birds along the east coast yesterday may have been the result of many birds being over the Atlantic by sunrise, as I would have expected less numbers for terrestrial migrants alone (given the strong east winds).

Good Birding! 🙂


  1. OK. We give up trying to figure out this radar/weather/migration thing. Early radar over Key Biscayne was devoid of any indication that birds were landing or anywhere nearby. But, we banded a whole new round of birds, with Black-throated Blues leading the pack. Some new thrushes were on site and banded, including Gray-cheeked and Swainson’s. Hawks were in the hammock again but we only kept the male Sharpie because he was so cute. The usual assortment of warblers were banded and Magnolias are still in good numbers. Red-eyed Vireos are decreasing and White-eyed Vireos are increasing, with the immatures now showing up a couple of weeks after adults. Tennessees are around but stay above the nets and Cape Mays are decreasing in number, but still being banded. Team Abreu made the first (of what we hope to be many) trip to SFBO.

  2. I went inland in Broward today after work and spent a couple of hours at north Pine Island Ridge where the best bird was a Rose-breasted Grosbeak. Twelve species of warblers were seen, they were mostly the usual mix; the most interesting were Chestnut-sided and Magnolia; Black-throated Blue were the most numerous. No Tanagers or Thrushes were found but I heard a House Wren.

  3. We started our morning in search of the Townsend’s Warbler (thanks for the call Rock J) at Kendall Indian Hammock Park. We observed 4 Blue-winged Warbler, more than we have seen at one time. We searched for about an hour & half for the Townsend’s with no luck when we bumped into Brian who had been having a great warbler day. Soon after Angel spotted the Townsend’s Warbler finally! It was absolutely amazing. We were able to capture some video of it that will post as soon as we upload it into our computer. The park was awesome today we had 16 warbler species without even walking in the trail.

    Next we headed off to bird Bill Baggs Cape FL. We saw many of the usual suspects and were able to add a lifer. Swainson’s Thrush! We also saw several BTB Warblers, American Redstarts, Northern Parula, Red-eyed Vireo, White-eyed Vireo, Cape May Warbler, Ovenbird and Merlin soaring overhead.

    We ate lunch and then drove out to AD Barnes for an hour before sundown. We were able to add a few more warblers to today’s list hoping to find the Hooded with no luck. Although we did see Pine Warbler and a Worm-eating Warbler. Two Osprey were circling the park for a while at sundown as well as two Belted Kingfisher calling and circling the lake.

    We give thanks to everyone that helped us today.

    Here is a list of birds observed today:

    Kendall Indian Hammocks Park

    Townsend’s Warbler
    Bay Breasted Warbler
    Palm Warbler
    Northern Parula
    Black-and-White Warbler
    Yellow-throated Warbler
    Black-throated Blue Warbler
    Chestnut-sided Warbler
    Prairie Warbler
    Blue-winged Warbler
    Black-throated Green Warbler
    Tennessee Warbler
    American Redstart
    Cape May Warbler
    Magnolia Warbler
    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
    Summer Tanager
    Scarlet Tanager
    Rose-breasted Grosbeak
    Blue Jay
    Boat-tailed Grackle
    Peregrine Falcon

    Rickenbacker Causeway

    Short-tailed Hawk
    Magnificent Frigatebird
    Double-crested Cormorant
    Laughing Gull
    Black Vulture

    Cape FL

    Swainson’s Thrush
    Cape May Warbler
    American Redstart
    Black-and-White Warbler
    Black-throated Blue Warbler
    Northern Parula
    Red-eyed Vireo
    White-eyed Vireo

    AD Barnes

    Belted Kingfisher
    Pine Warbler
    Worm-eating Warbler
    Gray Catbird
    Red-eyed Vireo
    Painted Bunting
    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
    Northern Parula
    Black-throated Blue Warbler
    Blue Jay
    Muscovy Duck
    Tri-colored Heron
    White Ibis
    E. Starling

    Also other common species along the way today.
    Well overall it was a very satisfying day.
    51 species, 18 warblers, 3 lifers, made our 30th Warbler of the Year and made two new friends! Thank you again to the Ladies of Cape…it was awesome. Thank you for everything you both taught us today, expect many more future trips! Good birding to all and to all a good night.

    Octoberfest rocks!
    Nature is Awesome!
    Angel & Mariel

  4. Mead Garden in Winter Park has seen some migrants the past few days but nothing like last Thursday, when 20 warbler species were seen throughout the day. Yesterday we tallied 12 warbler species. Mostly small numbers except for Palm and Pine. No thrushes or Rose-breasted Grosbeaks. Bird of the day was a female Wilson’s Warbler, seen near a Magnolia and a Black-throated Green.

  5. Hi David
    We had awesome results yesterday, this morning I checked out my regular morning bird stop and did not see much. A noticeable difference from last week.
    Birds seen today.
    4 Common Yellowthroat
    2 American Redstart
    2 BG Gnatcatcher
    2 Green Heron
    1 Great Egret
    1 Common Moorhen
    1 Anhinga
    5 Boat-tailed Grackle
    2 Blue Jay
    1 American Kestrel
    Last week there were more birds in the same area.

    Thanks for always posting the radar. We really appreciate it.

    Nature is Awesome
    Angel & Mariel


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