Posted by: woodcreeper | October 5, 2008 @ 6:45 am

Little to no migration last night

While there was a little movement of birds into Florida last night, most of the state was under southerly flow coupled with thunderstorms. This made for some lame migration conditions, which will hopefully cause some of the good birds found over the last couple of days to stick around for awhile. 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

Hmm… I think I said everything in the opening paragraph… Check the composite image; only migration is in the northern sector of the state. Check the local reflectivity; heavy thunderstorms present, nothing evident that looks like birds. Check the local velocity; everything is moving S->N. Go birding. Yes, go birding! You don’t think Trey found ALL the birds yesterday, do you?

Good Birding,


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  1. Good fallout in the Keys this weekend. Between Saturday night and Sunday morning I saw the following birds at Fort Zachary Taylor State Park in Key West. And I wasn’t even trying very hard.

    Brown Pelican

    Double-crested Cormorant

    Magnificent Frigatebird

    Great Blue Heron

    Great Egret

    Cattle Egret

    Green Heron

    Yellow-crowned Night Heron

    White Ibis

    Turkey Vulture


    Swallow-tailed Kite

    Sharp-shinned Hawk

    Cooper’s Hawk

    American Kestrel


    Peregrine Falcon

    Laughing Gull

    Royal Tern

    Rock Dove

    Eurasian Collared Dove

    Mourning Dove

    Yellow-billed Cuckoo

    Nighthawk (sp)

    Chuck-wills Widow

    Belted Kingfisher

    Red-bellied Woodpecker

    Eastern Pewee

    Yellow-bellied Flycatcher

    Eastern Kingbird

    Barn Swallow

    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

    Gray-cheeked Thrush

    Gray Catbird

    Northern Mockingbird

    White-eyed Vireo

    Red-eyed Vireo

    Northern Parula

    Magnolia Warbler

    Black-throated Blue Warbler

    Blackburnian Warbler

    Yellow-throated Warbler

    airie Warbler

    Palm Warbler

    Blackpoll Warbler

    Black-and-white Warbler

    American Redstart

    othonotory Warbler

    Worm-eating Warbler

    Swainsons Warbler


    Northern Waterthrush

    Common Yellowthroat

    Hooded Warbler

    Wilsons Warbler

    Summer Tanager

    Scarlet Tanager

    Northern Cardinal

    Rose-breasted Grosbeak

    Blue Grosbeak

    Red-winged Blackbird

    Mark Hedden
    Bone Island Bird Expeditions
    “Birding Key West, the Lower Keys, and the Rest of the World.”

  2. Some residue at Cape Florida today. 51 birds banded, with SWTH, BAWW and BTBW making up the majority. A male GWWA was seen but not mistnetted. Some birds from the day before managed to slip out last night despite the rainfall, as we caught no GCTH but had 3 yesterday out of only 18 birds banded due to the persistent rain. Yesterday (Oct 4) would’ve been good at Cape Florida if we had been able to keep the nets open. Interesting stuff around: all the thrushes, plus WEVI and REVI, and God knows what warblers.


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