Posted by: woodcreeper | September 14, 2008 @ 6:00 am

More birds on the move over Forida

Birds were on the move again last night, and this time across the entire state of 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

All Florida radars showed nocturnal migration last night, the heaviest being the Jacksonville radar where a nice influx of birds could be seen heading NNE->SSW. The panhandle radars showed movement in the same direction, with both an influx into the state, and out of the state into the Gulf. Working down the peninsula, migration continued on a general NNE->SSW trajectory until reaching south Florida, where the Miami radar indicated movement from N->S, apparently less affected by the east winds across most of the state. The Key west radar also showed NE->SW movement, with a good push of new birds coming into the Keys from the mainland, as well as some birds leaving the Keys for points south.

These conditions presumably will favor west coast and inland locations this morning. AD Barnes Park in Kendall would probably be a good pick, as would Fort Desoto on the west coast. Given the lack of strong east winds over Miami, though, coastal locations could be productive as well. Key West should also see some good birds, and should someone happen to go birding there, they might want to stop by the site and let us know what they’re seeing (no, Mark, I’m not calling you out… you punk… okay, maybe I am).
Good Birding,


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  1. Today at the Cape we had a pretty good day with new migrants and some that have been around for a couple of days. We had 10 species that were banded and several others like Cape Mays and a Hooded that got away with no bracelets. All together we had over 20 birds banded. We had the same Canada from last week, which was fat and ready to go. We had two Merlin fly over calling out for attention. Chuck’s are always entertaining and also a beautiful male BTBW today as well. Birds banded today were

  2. I was at Ft. De Soto yesterday afternoon and it was very slow with only a B&W and Prairie warbler at E. Beach. We are trying a couple of different spots today and will report if we see more birds. Thanks for all the great info you provide. BK


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