Posted by: NatureIsAwesome | April 11, 2009 @ 9:42 am

Go West Young’n

This is the radar from 7:00pm last night to 9:00am 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

Last night SSE winds dominated helping birds boogie out of Cuba and into the Western regions of Florida. Birds could be seen flying out of Cuba in large numbers last night. With the winds and the rate of speed that the birds were traveling we expect them to travel a good distance. Any locations along the West coast should be your best bet, De Soto looks like the spot to be once again. With no rain out there to drop the birds down many of these birds may overshoot us. Two large groups of birds took to the wing out of Cuba with the first being a smaller group that headed in a westerly trajectory. The second group flew much later than expected. When reaching the Keys you can see the group splits in two and with one group heading into ENP and Miami the other seems to hang around the Key Largo area before they take the pipeline up the west coast. Birds can really be seen moving up the coast as the night goes on, really cool images. Miami birders should have some new birds around, looking at the velocity image birds entered the radar in good numbers and with more pulses moving in than moving out we expect these birds to have landed. All migrant traps in Miami should be good this morning. Migrants were really on the move through out the state last night, the radar in the central region of the state showed lots of movement heading north. The Georgia/Florida border also had lots of activity last night, and with storms in the Carolina’s they should be having an epic morning. Well birding conditions look good almost anywhere in the state today, go out and bird and enjoy all the marvels that nature has in store for us. Good birding and have a great weekend.

All sightings posted to Badbirdz2 are greatly appreciated.

Nature is Awesome,
Angel and Mariel


  1. Lots of birds in Brevard today. 17 Warbler species including Swainsons, Prothonotary, Blackpoll, and Cape May. Very few other migrants except large flocks of Barn Swallows.

  2. Trey and I met early this morning at Royal Palm. The place was alive with Catbirds. Anhinga Trail was crawling with Waterthrush. I saw and/or heard at least 10-12, with a very cooperative Louisiana that posed for Trey, while a Northern was on the opposite side of the trail feeding. We saw 11 species of warbler, all singles except for Northern Waterthrush and Yellowthroat, and a spectacular Scarlet Tanager. I later added an American Redstart at the C-111E. Not much in the way of migrants otherwise.

    Our warbler list:

    N. Parula
    Cape May
    Black-throated Green
    Louisiana Waterthrush
    Northern Waterthrush
    Common Yellowthroat
    American Redstart

  3. I spent the past three days in the Ft DeSoto/St. Petersburg area. A shift in wind today did not bring in anything new, at least as of mid-day. Overall, numbers were very low. My sightings for the weekend included Swainson’s, Kentucky and Hooded Warbler, Scarlet and Summer Tanager, Indigo Bunting and Orchard Oriole, so I can’t complain too much. Hopefully, diversity will pick up for next weekend’s Tropical Audubon trip to the area.


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