Posted by: woodcreeper | April 17, 2008 @ 6:25 am

Very little over Florida

Nothing substantial to report this morning, as winds were primarily out of the north over most of the state. There were some interesting observations though, so 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

The only significant migration last night took place in northern Florida, and consisted of birds exiting the Sunshine State. Otherwise the radar was very quiet. One observation of interest was a small push, of what appeared to be birds, visible on the Miami radar. They can be seen leaving late last night and moving northwest towards the west coast. Given the wind conditions I would suspect these were wadingbirds or shorebirds. The radar over Key West was very quiet, and no birds were seen leaving Cuba.

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Good Birding


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  1. This morning, 4/17, I made a quick stop at the western side of Matheson Hammock and found one each Worm-eating, Parula, Black-and-white, and Black-throated Blue. No other migrants. Although I spent a short time and covered limited ground, there definitely was a scarcity of migrants.

    By contrast I found my first of the year Solitary Sandpipers at Cutler Wetlands late yesterday, along with breeding plumage Long-billed Dowitchers. This morning, Trey Mitchell reports the number of shorebirds has increased, with many Semipalmated Sandpipers showing up. These probably arrived overnight. Remember, shorebirds are migrants too. The White-rumpeds will not be far behind.

  2. Last evening I picked up a little early action on both the Key West and Miami radar. While only “micro” in extent, the movement of a flock from the SW tip of Florida and another from western Broward County were interesting. I posted both loops on my blog today.


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