Posted by: woodcreeper | September 4, 2008 @ 5:59 am

Northeast winds bring new birds to the Sunshine State

FINALLY! Some northeast winds have kicked migration up a notch over Florida! Here’s the radar from 7:00pm last night through 5:00am this morning.

Frames are every 1/2 hour. 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 Florida radar was really quite interesting last night. Due to differential winds across the state (more easterly in the north, and northeasterly in the south) the migration patterns heavily favored the west coast and the Florida Keys. Birds could be seen heading due west across northern Florida, and due south along the west coast of the state, while birds moving south from the Tampa region could be seen entering the extreme western extent of the Miami radar beam… putting them over the western Everglades. Migration over the Miami radar was moderate and appeared to head in a NNE->SSW trajectory, while a sizable push of birds could be seen exiting the southern tip of the mainland for the Keys and beyond. This was clearly one of the few full-state migration events of this season, but still nothing compared to what’s in store later in the month.

Expect the birding conditions to be best along the west coast of Florida, with some influx of new birds apparent at inland sites as well. Get ready for some more migration, though, as north winds are forecast to blow tonight and turn westerly on Saturday night… just in time for an early “Fall Classic” in the Sunshine State.

Good Birding,


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  1. There was some pretty good activity in Matheson Hammocks this morning, from 7:30am-8:30am:

    Red-eyed Vireo (1)
    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (~6-8)
    Prairie Warbler (1)
    Black-and-white Warbler (1)
    American Redstart (2)
    Worm-eating Warbler (2)
    Northern Waterthrush (1)
    Louisiana Waterthrush (1)
    Ovenbird (5)
    Kentucky Warbler (1)

  2. Thanks for the report Carlos!




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