Posted by: NatureIsAwesome | November 3, 2008 @ 6:35 am

Nice N. Florida Migration With A Sprinkle Down South

This is the radar from 6:00pm to 5:00am this morning. Winds were coming from the ENE–>E–>; then shifted early in the morning to NNW.

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

North Florida had some really nice migration once again. The panhandle looked awesome and Jacksonville was jumping as well. Melbourne radar showed some migration taking off in the night heading due east towards the Tampa Bay radar. Maybe some new birds will be out there as well. Birds were moving from the Miami radar into the Glades then moving over the ocean towards Key West and did not seem to go any further. We also expect KW to have some new arrivals this morning. The Miami base reflectivity radar showed birds entering the radar for a small portion of the night and then moving out to the Glades but some of these birds might have grounded. Most of the movement in the Keys came from a mix of Everglades City and Miami birds heading down to KW. The base reflectivity radar showed more birds coming in than going out in KW; some movement seemed to make it out to Dry Tortugas as well. The movement we have been seeing in the last couple of days looks like alot like short distance migrants to us due to the lack of movement in long distances over the night. North Florida radar has been awesome in the last week and we expect alot of Sparrows, Robins, Yellowrumps, Kinglets etc… Wintering birds are showing up in better numbers in the last week further down south as well, giving us indication that the birds in N. Florida are trickling down towards the south.
Any one who reads this and birds N. Florida, St. Marks, Merritt Island, and surrounding areas we would be happy to hear some of your reports regarding winter migrants making their way in to your birding spots. Areas further down south would be interesting to hear about as well, we would like to see what and how much is making it down here. Thanks for your support!

Nature is Awesome,
Angel and Mariel

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  1. Been slack in reporting on what’s been up at Cape Florida…migration is barely existent out there and the excitement of this election has been quite distracting. Yesterday Nov 5 was our final day of banding for the fall 2008 season. We ended with 5 new captures: 2 GRCA, one AMRE, BTBW, SSHA. A few MYWA and WPWA flying overhead, and a GRSP in the grass by the pond. Migration really ended abruptly this far south with that powerful mid-October front: it got the neotropicals where they wanted to be but the wintering birds are in no hurry to come down this far south. Probably why the radar the last few nights has been showing reasonable movements down to about JAX then it gets lighter the further down you go.


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