Posted by: woodcreeper | October 16, 2007 @ 5:55 am

If one bird migrates over Florida, but no radar detects it…


…does it actually exist?

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

Only a smidgen of activity last night over Jacksonville, and a teeny tiny little bit moving south over Miami, but really I’m just splitting hairs here…as that amount of activity will go unnoticed on the ground. Birds will be moving into optimal habitat today, fattening up and preparing for the next favorable night…which, by the forecast, looks like the end of the weekend.

Good Birding! 🙂


  1. Still some migrants around, and the first of the winterers have arrived. While doing a site visit to the hammocks in the area of the C-111E for work, I heard then briefly saw a Brown-crested Flycatcher. Some other birds seen in this area and areas surrounding the hammmocks:

    Limpkin (2)
    Eastern Phoebe (FOTS)
    House Wren (FOTS)
    Chuck-will’s Widow (perched 3 feet off the ground and 15 feet away. Photo op)
    Painted Bunting
    Tennessee Warbler
    N. Parula
    Magnolia Warbler
    Cape May Warbler
    Black-throated Blue
    Palm Warbler
    Yellow-throated Warbler
    Am. Redstart
    Common Yellowthroat
    The usual raptors were out in force, incluing an adult Bald Eagle.


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