Posted by: woodcreeper | September 20, 2008 @ 5:51 am

Some birds on the move

The radar last night suggested a similar migration pattern as the previous night, without the massive push into the northern part of the state. 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 over most of the state appear to have triggered some light to moderate migration. Most radars showed some NE->SW movement, although none appeared to be particularly heavy. Some birds could be seen both moving into the upper Keys from Miami and heading towards the lower Keys from across Florida Bay via the Everglades, and launching out to sea towards Cuba. A small push heading into the Gulf was also evident on the Tampa/St. Pete radar.

As far as birding conditions go, expect inland and west coast locations to be best today given the northeast winds, but high densities are not expected given the limited amount of migration evident on the radar.

Good Birding,


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  1. Yep, a light day with 28 new birds banded at Cape Florida. This whole week has been steady at between 20-40 birds banded daily, but with turnover from day to day. Highlights were SUTA and WEVI banded, and another CAWA seen, third one in the last couple of weeks.

  2. David, you were right about the inland areas.We had 14 warbler species in Mead Gardens, Winter Park!

  3. We had a good migrant day during the North American Migration Count. Our team was in charge of surveying Matheson Hammock, where we managed to find six different species of raptor, ten species of warbler, and a Seaside Sparrow. 59 species seen, total.

    Here’s our day list on the migrant end:
    Sharp-shinned Hawk
    Cooper’s Hawk (5)
    Spotted Sandpiper
    Eastern Kingbird
    Yellow-throated Vireo (2)
    Red-eyed Vireo
    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (26)
    Seaside Sparrow
    Baltimore Oriole

    Northern Parula (2)
    Chestnut-sided Warbler
    Black-throated Blue Warbler (11)
    Yellow-throated Warbler
    Prairie Warbler (7)
    Black-and-white Warbler
    American Redstart (5)
    Worm-eating Warbler
    Ovenbird (11)
    Common Yellowthroat (5)


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