Posted by: woodcreeper | September 18, 2008 @ 5:55 am

More birds into and out-of Florida

While the pipeline appears to have slowed a bit, there were still plenty of birds making their way through the Sunshine State last night. 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

Northeast winds were on tap last night, and while not as intense as other parts of the southeastern US, migration was moderately heavy over most of Florida. The heaviest movements were over north-central Florida and downstate, over Tampa, with birds moving into the Panhandle and into the Gulf respectively. Moderate levels of birds could be seen moving down into the Miami area as well as into the Keys and across the Florida Straits towards Cuba. Expect locations along the panhandle, southwest coast, southeast coast and inland sites to all see some new birds today. Key Largo actually looks like a good bet for both diversity and abundance, but if you’ve every birded there, you know that picking the right location makes all the difference in the world (the Key Largo Botanical site, for instance, can be great; but it can also be a nightmare to find birds because of how extensive the habitat is compared to the minimal access points).

Regardless, birds are around. Go find them!

Good Birding,


Update:I have finally begun to update the Radar and Migration FAQ, so check it out via the menu at the top of this page.

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  1. SFBO is quietly busy with usual number and species for mid-September. More hawks are bouncing in and out of nets, larger passerines such as orioles and Myiarchus flycatchers are showing up and more Traill’s Flycatchers are around. It was a brown day today with Traill’s Flycatchers, Swainson’s and Worm-eating Warblers, Northern Waterthrushes and Ovenbirds. Increasing in numbers are Red-eyed Vireos, redstarts and Black-throated Blue Warblers. So, it seems like our results are pretty much what you’re seeing on radar — just regular stuff making its way down the coast. Yesterday’s Veery was FOS thrush.

    When Michelle’s DSL is back up and running, she’ll fill in the gaps for Monday and Wednesday, both interesting days, including a first banding record for continental US.

  2. Early this morning, A.D. Barnes had quite a bit of warbler activity going on. In an hour of birding, these are the birds I saw:

    Chuck-will’s-widow (1)
    Red-eyed Vireo (7)
    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (16)
    Northern Parula (6)
    Black-throated Blue Warbler (3)
    Black-and-white Warbler (3)
    Prairie Warbler (3)
    Worm-eating Warbler (3)
    American Redstart (3)
    Ovenbird (4)

    There was much more going on in there, but I did not have enough time to explore the park thoroughly.


  3. This afternoon we stopped at Kendall Indian Hammocks before heading home. We birded the hammock and the oak groves along the road for about an hour. As soon as we got of the car we followed the trail of Blue-gray Gnatcatchers and sweet sweet Black-and-white Warblers to a flock that had a few beautiful Yellow-throated, Prairie and Worm-eating Warblers. It was also nice to see some Northern Parula and American Redstart. After we walked the hammocks trail hearing Cardinals throughout. We spotted 2 Ovenbirds and a Hooded Warbler along the way. Soon after we observed a beautiful Red-eyed Vireo foraging, which we always enjoy seeing! Afterwards scanning the trees we were happy to find our target bird a Yellow-throated Vireo. Closeby we also spotted a possible Tennessee Warbler but unfortunately it made a getaway before we could make a positive id.
    Getting into the car in the parking lot we ended with a Common Nighthawk.

    Birds seen:
    Cooper’s Hawk
    Red-shouldered Hawk
    White-crowned Pigeon
    Common Nighthawk
    Ruby-throated Hummingbird
    Yellow-throated Vireo
    Red-eyed Vireo
    Blue Jay
    Fish Crow
    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
    Northern Mockingbird
    Northern Parula
    Black-throated Blue Warbler
    Yellow-throated Warbler
    Prairie Warbler
    Black-and-white Warbler
    American Redstart
    Worm-eating Warbler
    Hooded Warbler
    Northern Cardinal
    Boat-tailed Grackle

    Nature is Awesome
    Angel & Mariel


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