Posted by: woodcreeper | April 22, 2008 @ 6:14 am

Some migration over Florida

Last night the winds were light and out of the north, but apparently light enough to allow some migration across most of the state. 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

Migration appeared heaviest in the northern part of the state, where large numbers of birds could be seen crossing the Florida border into the southeastern US. Otherwise birds appeared to be fighting some head and/or cross-wind, as indicated by the velocity images for each of the Central and South Florida radars. Still, a small push out of Cuba was detected on the Key West radar, despite the headwinds apparent over the Keys. As of 5:30am it looks like those birds are putting down in the Keys, which will probably make for some decent birding conditions in the Keys and the Dry Tortugas.

Good Birding!


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  1. Spoke to Trey at 10:54. Said trees at Sadowski are dripping warblers. Great to hear that at least this one spot has a good bunch of migrants. What a difference from the dead zone at Matheson. He said the variety isn’t great, but the numbers are really good.

  2. In the moring I decided to go to Sadowski which is closer to the coast than other locations I may have chosen to bird. With West winds over night I figured the coast may be the best place to go…
    Sure enough, a real fallout!

    I went back to Sadowski this evening a met Toe to bird. Jocelyn also stopped by to see the best spring birding yet.

    Just about every tree had warblers. The majority were Cape May and Blackpoll. We didn’t see any thrush, tanager, oriole, vireo or flycatcher. Seemed kind of strange, but the number of warblers kept things very interesting.

    Cape May
    Black-throated Blue
    Black and White
    Yellow-throated Warbler
    Common Yellow-throat
    Black-throated Green
    Magnolia – from this morning

  3. I’m passing this on from a birder on the Space Coast:
    From: [] On Behalf Of PHYLLIS AND HOWARD
    Sent: Tuesday, April 22, 2008 8:25 PM
    Subject: [SpaceCoastAudubon] Merrit Island NWR

    The bird of the day on Peacock Pocket Rd. at MINWR had to be the female Ruff! Also exciting to see was a King Rail highlighted by the morning sun, 1 each- Spotted and Solitary Sandpipers, dozens of Stilt Sandpipers, several Dunlin, a few Semipalmated Sandpipers.

    On Bio Lab Rd. the bird of the day was the Wimbrel. Semipalmated Plovers and Stilt Sandpipers were abundant-at least 300-400 each; about 75 Black-bellied Plovers in all degrees of color; About 25 Long-billed Dowitchers and more of Short-billed; 1 Solitary Sandpiper. Wading birds are numerous, active and beautiful!

    Oak/Palm hammock was quiet. In a quick trip through, I saw only 1 Black and White, I male American Redstart, 1 Parula, 1 Black-throated Blue.

    Phyllis Mansfield,
    Cocoa Beach
    Every Day a New Adventure


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