Posted by: NatureIsAwesome | April 3, 2009 @ 8:17 am

Big Flight From Cuba

This is the radar from 7:00pm last night to 6:30am 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 Composite base reflectivity for the Southeastern USA

Last night started with a southeast wind which shifted to a SSW in the early morning hours. A big exodus out of Cuba last night means there should be a new influx of birds from the Keys to Miami. Marathon looked good on the radar, as did the upper keys. The Miami Radar was down last night which keeps us from tracking the birds into Miami. Due to this we can’t pinpoint specific locations but all migrant traps should have a new influx of birds. The birds can be seen flying in the morning, which means birds, may be dropping down mid morning. Trey Mitchell experienced this yesterday at Barnes where Bill B. had no birds an hour prior. As Trey was birding he witnessed birds dropping in mid morning. Look at his report from yesterday. We call this the mid day rush. Flamingo and Lake Ingraham looks like it had arrivals last night; all migrant traps around the park may be birdy. The St. Pete and Melbourne radars have some movement as well but it does not seem that there will be any concentrations of birds; birds mostly moved out of St. Pete and into the Melbourne radar. Some interesting movements could be seen over Georgia and Alabama, birds could be seen moving in direct correlation to the front that was passing through. If you look closely at the SE radar you can see birds moving in between storm bands. Eastern Alabama and western Georgia seem to have birds in good numbers dropping in this morning due to the weather. We know it is not FL but interesting nonetheless, it is a good example of what to look for in our neck of the woods. Good birding to all.

All sightings posted will be greatly appreciated and an asset to the birding community.

Nature is Awesome,
Angel and Mariel



  1. How do you read the radar screen? birds or rain or what? I am a new birder????


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