Posted by: woodcreeper | October 28, 2007 @ 7:42 pm

Birds over Florida


Hey Florida Birders,

I’m still at Archbold Biological Station where I’ve been staying this past weekend, during the Florida Ornithological Society annual meeting. It’s been great to catch up with old friends, finally meet some folks I’ve only known via email, and get to know some new folks doing great work here in Florida. The FOS really put on a great show, with fantastic field trips and a wonderful lineup of presentations. Today I got to hold a lifer Bachman’s Sparrow, see a lifer Florida Grasshopper sparrow, and watch the fantastic work of the mist netting and banding crew at the Kissimmee Prairie Preserve.
Even despite the plethora of evangelical radio stations in this area (and no NPR…geeze), it did feel like a homecoming being back in Florida. Tomorrow I head back to NJ, where the forecast is for “frost” and the high is to be around 55 degrees…ugh.
Here’s the radar from sunset last night through 7:30am 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

The radar indicates that the entire state experienced some migration last night, with the heaviest flights coming into the state from the north, with densities decreasing to the south. The general direction of flight was NNE –> SSW, which would favor inland sites, with west coast sites possibly picking up a few more birds as well.

Good Birding! 🙂

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