Posted by: NatureIsAwesome | April 2, 2009 @ 9:20 am

April Is Here!

This is the radar from 7:00pm last night to 8:00am this morning.

Frames are every 1/2 hour. Click on the thumbnail to view the full-sized animation.
Composite base reflectivity for the Southeastern USA

We have been having some computer problems and today was no different, click on the image above for the animation.
Southeast winds blew through out the entire night. These winds gave the birds a tailwind which helped out the migrants. Some birds flew last night out of Cuba, it wasn’t a very large group but finally birds are starting to leave Cuba again. Some pulses were picked up by the Miami radar from the east but again in small numbers. There was some activity that caught our attention, last night just like the night before a group of presumed birds left the Miami area and flew a straight shot to the southern shore of Lake O. Do we have any birders around there?
Key West radar did pick up birds moving from Cuba, birds could have spread around since they arrived over the keys way before sunrise. Lake Ingraham may have some new arrivals; birds could be seen heading into this area in the early morning hours. Best bets would be Flamingo, Coastal Prairie Trail, Mahogany Hammock, and other migrant traps in and around the park. As far as Miami we don’t expect much but some movement did come into Miami after all, AD Barnes and Kendall Indian Hammock may hold some new migrants. In Broward and the Palm Beach check the east coast migrant traps for some migrants that took off from the Bahamas. Maybe someone should give Evergreen Cementary a check. Keep your eyes up for Swallows, they have been on the move for a couple of weeks but it is starting to heat up. Good birding and take some time to enjoy the wonders of nature.

All observations will be greatly appreciated, lets work together to get a better understanding of bird migration here in our own backyard.

Nature is Awesome,
Angel and Mariel



  1. Great site! I read your post last night and just had to get out and see what birds were around. I hit the jackpot in the small window between downpours. The trees at the north end of Jekyll Island, GA were alive with birds. Thanks.

  2. I received a call from Toe telling me Bill B saw not one warbler at AD Barnes in Miami Florida, but I was almost there so I decided to take a look anyway. I’m glad I did. There were quite a few warblers that arrived while I was there.

    Black and White Warbler (8)
    Prairie (3)
    Parula (3)
    Palm (2)
    Pine (5)
    Magnolia (4)
    Red-Start (1)
    Wormeating (1) FOS
    Black-throated Green (3)
    Black-throated Blue (1) FOS
    Possible Female Blackburnian (not a great look)
    Blue-headed Vireo
    White-eyed Vireo
    Summer Tanager

    I get a few choice today for Bird A Day…

  3. This morning at Matheson, east side, only a few Palms, one each Prairie, B&W, and Parula, plus the Brown-crested La Sagra’s Flycatcher. I only checked a small area, but the place was very quiet, except for Joe the Gardener who was hacking away at natives (plants) in the tree islands. What’s up with that?

  4. The last 2 days here in the Casselberry/Winter Springs area of Central Fl. proved to be quite good with a big increase of birds moving through. I saw groups of up to 25-30 warblers mostly palms and yellow rumps but had our first Prairie, with new Parulas, Pines and B+W. along with a probable Cape May. Birds were active into the evening and with the west wind will see if they stay untill tomorrow. We have had our usual visit of Goldfinches the last week with some beautiful males mixed in at our feeders. They were less evident today but still have some Chipping sparrows around. We appreciate your work on this site and look forward to more posts as we get into the best part of our Spring migration. Thanks BK and JK

  5. We enjoyed another good day of birds here in our neighborhood in Central Fl. The birds from the last 2 days stayed and some created a beautiful chorus with singing Parulas, Pines, B+W, Prairie, Blue Headed Vireo, Ruby Crowned Kinglet, and Great Crested Flycatcher. Our last Chippers were heard along with a couple of Goldfinches that tried to make it to the feeders. I birded Mead Gardens in Winter Park and the Seminole County Enviromental Center but did not encounter many migrants. Saw a few Prairies and Catbirds but much else to note. Looking forward to the next wave. BK and JK


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