Posted by: woodcreeper | October 15, 2007 @ 6:04 am

Go West Young Bird


Actually, that title isn’t very accurate…”go nowhere young bird” is more like it. 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
Not much going on over Florida last night, as easterly winds dominated the entire state. Migration was evident over the Southeastern US, but most movement was north of Florida, and heading due west. A small teeny tiny puff of birds can be seen leaving peninsular Florida for the Keys, and there was some light movement southwest out of Miami, but other than that it was pretty quiet.

“Okay, but how’s the birding?”

If you feel like skipping work (or if you’re one of the lucky retired folks) you can go check for whether birds are making local movements into better foraging habitat (let’s play “find the fruiting ficus!”), or if they’re just clearing out of east-coast spots and heading inland on the prevailing winds. I vote for the former, since I didn’t see very much E–>W movement on the radar.

Good Birding! 🙂



  1. Strong east winds died down a bit on Key Biscayne so the nets only looked like small sailing ships. It was a strange but interesting day with only 22 birds banded but 15 species. Magnolias are still strong, Black-throated Blues are decreasing, Cape Mays are still around, we had our first Rose-breasted Grosbeak of the season and we continue to band a Yellow-billed Cuckoo every couple of days. It’s very difficult to tell whether these birds are making short hops and ending up in Cape Florida or if they are birds already in the park and making their way into the hammock area.

    We continue to band Sharpies and Cooper’s Hawks with the following qualifying as stranger than fiction: A large female Cooper’s Hawk was in Net 3 and about 6 inches away in the same shelf was the body of a Burrowing Owl. We surmise that the hawk dropped its breakfast and although not common practice for hawks, it tried to retrieve it. Ms. Cooper was banded and released and the Burrowing Owl was identified as the Florida race. So far, literature on Burrowing Owl migration is hard to find and most accounts indicate that there is little known on migration routes and wintering areas. Florida birds are predominately nonmigratory but Burrowing Owls have been recently reported in Crandon Park (2 miles north of Cape Florida) and near Port of Miami. They are infrequent in Cape Florida and usually seen in fall. This is not the correct forum for this discussion, but if anyone has additional information on the dispersal of Florida Burrowing Owls, please respond. Thanks.

  2. Burrowing Owls have been seen in the Fall at Birch.

    An hour of watching the waves at J. U. Lloyd State Park this afternoon turned up my FOTS Northern Gannet. It looked like a 2nd year bird.

  3. Very quiet here in Orlando on Monday. Only a handful of common warblers. No tanagers, thrushes or grosbeaks.


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