Posted by: woodcreeper | September 27, 2008 @ 5:39 am

Another night of heavy migration

More birds heading into and out of Florida last night, as winds were strong and northwesterly along the northern border of the state, switching to northeasterly for the remaining 3/4’s. 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

Well, I’d like to be in Jacksonville this morning! The radar for the northeastern part of the state suggests that lots of birds were being pushed in that direction last night, as they were also entering the panhandle and Big Bend region from the northwest. Otherwise it appeared birds were taking a N->S trajectory throughout the remainder of the state, with some inland push due to east winds in extreme southern Florida. A nice flight also occurred from the mainland and Keys into the Atlantic and Florida Straits. Expect good densities of new birds at inland locations in South Florida as well as throughout the Florida Keys. East coast locations should see some new faces, but probably not a huge pileup due to the east winds.

Good Birding,


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  1. Yeah, what you said. Only 17 birds banded today at Cape Florida, compared to 49 yesterday and 126 the day before. Miami NWS starting to mention big front coming next week, along with something tropical maybe coming up along the boundary before hand. Could get interesting here in a few days. Right now I wish I was back at Ft Morgan Alabama…

  2. During the TAS Walk at Greynold’s Park, we managed to scrape up a decent variety of warblers and other migrants because of the amount of real estate we covered. Birds seemed thinly spread in small numbers throughout the park. The thrush and the very early Orange-crowned Warbler were nice surprises:

    Gray Catbird
    White-eyed Vireo (3)
    Yellow-throated Vireo
    Red-eyed Vireo (2)
    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (13)
    Swainson’s Thrush FOTS
    Orange-crowned Warbler FOTS
    Northern Parula (9)
    Yellow-throated Warbler (4)
    Magnolia Warbler (2)
    Black-throated Blue Warbler (2)
    Prairie Warbler (2)
    Black-and-white Warbler (3)
    American Redstart (4)
    Worm-eating Warbler
    Northern Waterthrush



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