Posted by: woodcreeper | October 17, 2008 @ 7:34 am

Heavy migration off of the Carolinas influencing birds along southeastern Florida?

You’ve gotta love having the presence of the Ladies of Cape Florida (sorry Angel) on Badbirdz. If not for them, we’d have a much harder time making sense of the radar. Here it is 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

Migration was epic across the southeastern US last night, with mega-numbers of birds launching off of the Carolina coast into the Atlantic. Strong easterly winds across southern Florida, though, are likely going to blow some of these birds back towards land this morning. Usually on strong east winds we wouldn’t expect many birds along the southeast coast (in fact, I would usually predict that inland sites would be best), but with the sheer number of birds leaving the Carolinas over the last three nights, Michelle and Company have been seeing these birds redirect towards land in the morning.

Good Birding,


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  1. We watched the radar loop last night and were amazed by the size of the green blobs leaving the coast along the east. We woke up to Cape May and Blackpoll Warblers in our parking lot, which was awesome! We have never seen these guys in our concrete jungle, at 7 am there were flight calls streaming over us. Today seems like an awesome day to check out all the migrant traps around Miami and further south. The Keys should be seeing a new influx of birds according to the velocity image unless they all made it pass them. There seemed to be some weather over Marathon and this may have grounded these birds, if you are in the Keys go birding.
    We would love to be in N. Florida this morning, the radar looked jamming up there.

    GO BIRDING everyone; this may be the last push of the fall migration!

    Nature is awesome
    Angel & Mariel

  2. Blackpolls didn’t make it to Cape Florida but heaps of BTBW’s did. 89 birds banded: 57 of them blues. Pattern of the last several days has been there is a lot of activity right after sunrise and for the next two or three hours, then it completely dies. Most of the birds have been in very good condition to continue on their migration tonight.
    “Damn right I’ve got the Blues” -Buddy Guy

  3. Great Day for migrants in Kissimmee. I had Palm, Prairie, Yellow-throated, Common Yellowthroat, Magnolia, and Black-throated Blue. Also Red-eyed Vireo. All these birds came from 2 hours of birding.

    Please Help me!!!
    I think i saw a Juvenile Tundra Swan today in Osceola County, is this posible.

    The Teenage Birder


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