Posted by: NatureIsAwesome | April 13, 2009 @ 8:09 am

Monday Morning Radar

This is the radar from 7:00pm last night to 7:30am 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 Base Reflectivity image from Miami, FL Base Velocity image from Miami, FL Composite base reflectivity for the Southeastern USA

East to SE winds dominated the evening last night through out the state. Migration was evident in the northern portions of the state; birds could be seen moving up and out of Florida heading north. Storms may have shut down migration across all the states north of Florida last night. Some localized fall out conditions may occur in Alabama and Georgia due to an impressive storm that was making its way through last night. Birds were concentrated in the areas north of Tallahassee; the Florida Georgia border should offer some good birding. In the central portions of the state movement was picked up by the radar but birds did not appear to move too much over the night. Birds may be moving around locally looking for better feeding opportunities. Migrant traps from Hardee to Manatee County might be your best bet today. Down the state birds were on the move once again with movement going from east to west, most activity was seen moving into the Lee, Collier, Monroe counties. Birds departed Cuba last night in several loose groups; birds seem to have made landfall along the southern shore. Lake Ingraham and the islands in FL Bay should have some new birds today. Miami seems to have been sucked dry, birds moved out of the county last night continuing their journey north. Looking at the Miami velocity images you can see birds exiting the radar (in red) and then in the late morning pulses were incoming (in green) from the east as well as the southwest. Birds did make it here but where did they go? Given the earlier report by Trey that the birds were missing inland this morning, could they have made a late arrival? Birding may be better in the afternoon today.

All observations will greatly appreciated, have a great day and enjoy the spring migration.

Nature is Awesome
Angel & Mariel


  1. Well….

    I went to AD Barnes this morning hoping to see some migrants and saw only 25 Waxwings flyby and a single Purple Martin.(there were of course NOMO and Cardinals)

    Not a single warbler…Not one Tanager or even one Vireo.

    These south winds have sucked south Florida dry.

    Maybe tomorrow. 🙂

  2. Fallout between PCB and Pensacola?

    The radar showed birds arriving along the Florida coast from the Yucatan between 7am and 11am this morning (most were after sunrise, owing to the long over-water flight). It looks like the storm moved in during arrival, so birds should be concentrated along the coast. This pattern was evident all along the Gulf coast and around the Big Bend of Florida, but to a lesser degree… it looks like the “sweet spot” was the coast between Pensacola and Panama City Beach, FL.

  3. My wife, 4 year old daughter and I, have been at Dauphin Island Al. since Sat. afternoon. We have been blessed with 2 great waves of migrants. The first on Sat. produced 50 Scarlet Tanagers, 20 Summers, and at least 13 warbler species but I am sure there were more from what other birders told me. Other typical migrants for here were in good numbers, especially Rose Breasted Grosbeaks.

    Today was the best day we have had in several years, as we have birded here about this same time of year for 10 years now. The morning T-storms which extended into the Gulf, brought migrants in throughout the entire day. We ended up with 23 warbler species. We saw more Blue Wings, Yellows, and Chestnut Sideds than ever before here.

    Scarlet Tanagers were plentiful, easily numbering over 100. We watched tired Rose Breasted g-Beaks staying in the same spot as they landed after crossing the Gulf, for 90 minutes. A couple of Scarlet Tanagers did the same for an hour.

    White Eyed and Red Eyed Viresos, were abundant along with many Yellow Throated.

    We encountered waves of migrants across the eastern side of the island all afternoon. After sunset I heard many more. Do not know if they were coming or going, the NCAR radar showed a good pulse moving out of here.

    Good Birding..

    BK, JK and AK.

  4. Yesterday conditions were set for a fall out from Alabama to Pensacola. Just got a report from Bob Duncan that heavy fallout occurred yesterday from Pensacola to Mobile, Ft. Morgan at the mouth of Mobile Bay was super. 21 species of warblers, plus tons of Indigo Buntings, Scarlet Tanagers, Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, Eastern Kingbirds and White-eyed Vireos. Pretty amazing! Maybe the front will bring down some birds for us on Wednesday.

    Nature is Awesome
    Angel & Mariel


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