Posted by: woodcreeper | October 18, 2008 @ 6:15 am

Holy heavy migration, Batman!

There’s no time to waste; To the Panhandle, Robin! Holy crap man… that was some killer migration 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

As a cold front moved east across northwest Florida last night, a mega-push of birds rode in on the strong westerly winds behind it. Heavy migration was apparent across the entire Panhandle to the Big Bend region of Florida, and all migrant hotspots throughout that area should be hopping this morning. Further south in the state, on the east side of the front, migration was also quite heavy. The overall trajectory for this part of the state was N->S, therefore birds should be dispersed evenly across the landscape. To maximize your birding pleasure, pick the tried and true fall migration hotspots for this morning.

Good Birding,

David

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Responses

  1. Much more diverse day at Cape Florida than yesterday. 48 birds banded, including a Swainson’s warbler and a Blackburnian. Thrushes and painted buntings among the warblers. Big hawk flight: SSHA, COHA, RTHA, BWHA, STHA, MERL, AMKE, PERF, OSPR and both vultures as well as an immature bald eagle were seen overhead.

  2. We enjoyed a great day at the Cape today, we had a nice mix of Warblers, lots of Raptors and a sprinkle of Sparrows through out the day. The Cape should run a raptor count with the numbers and diversity we have been seeing during the our time there it would be interesting to see what and how many come through there.

    Birds seen today:
    CHSP (life bird!)
    MERL
    BWHA
    PEFA
    OSPR
    RTHA (2 intermediate adults)
    COHA
    SSHA (he wanted to hold claws w/me)
    BAEA
    TUVU
    BLVU
    NAWA
    PROW
    BLBW
    SWWA
    PRAW
    MYWA
    WPWA
    AMRE
    COYE
    BTBW
    MAWA
    NOPA
    OVEN
    TEWA
    BAWW
    CMWA
    PABU
    SWTH
    GCTH
    CWWI
    GRCA
    GCFL
    WEVI
    ACFL
    BARS
    NRWS
    CLSW

    We had an awesome Day at the Cape!

    Nature is Awesome
    Angel & Mariel


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