Posted by: woodcreeper | October 17, 2007 @ 6:25 am

Little migration last night


If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times. Those east winds are a show stopper. 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
Some migration was evident over Florida last night, but while small movements of birds can be seen over Jacksonville, Miami, and even into the Keys, the majority of migration was an exodus over Tampa into the Gulf of Mexico. A line of showers moving into the Keys early this morning may have brought down what little birds were moving, so if you’re in the Keys and heard rain before sunrise, it might be worth poking around. The low spinning off the coast of Miami looks pretty cool on the radar, and possibly helped to bring some birds down the coast, but no precipitation occurred at the right time to concentrate any of these birds.

My prediction? Status quo, with the potential for little pockets of birds; mostly due to small movements into optimal habitat. Not much has left the state for the Caribbean, so birds should be concentrating…the question will be “where?”

Stop back with your observations!

Good Birding


A big THANKS goes out to the founding five members of the Badbirdz/Woodcreeper flock. Please don’t forget to become a member of the flock today. Read the Become a Member post to find out more.



  1. Very few birds around the banding site but our day was interesting anyway. We continue banding lady Cooper’s, with Liz, Nancy and I operating a system that’s smooth as China silk. (OK, the first attempt was more like burlap.) Only 10 birds today but 8 species, including another Philadelphia Vireo and Painted Bunting. Gray Catbird numbers are increasing, Chucks are still around and a Wood Thrush refused to go into any of the nets.

    There was a west component to the winds across Key Biscayne from 10 PM to 11 AM this morning. Apparently it wasn’t strong enough to push numbers of birds to our coastal habitat.

    Membership drive is excellent idea, David! We all appreciate the time and effort you put into the project.

  2. Lake Lotus Park (Seminole County) was fairly quiet again Wednesday. East winds picked up throughout the morning. Sunny and warm. There were 2 American Bitterns near the fishing pier. A few more Common Yellowthroats, Eastern Phoebes, Gray Catbirds and House Wrens seem to be showing up. One Painted and a few Indigo Buntings. A few first-of-season Ruby-crowned Kinglets were there yesterday, as well. Very few warblers, all common species. No tanagers, thrushes, grosbeaks or penguins. ;>


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