Posted by: NatureIsAwesome | April 14, 2009 @ 8:14 am

Migration Ahead Of The Front

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 Base Reflectivity image from Miami, FL Base Velocity image from Miami, FL Composite base reflectivity for the Southeastern USA

Southeast to SSE winds were out last night, the nasty front is on the way down Florida and birds are arriving. Everything is happening around the central region of the state, Tampa, St. Pete, Orlando, Cocoa Beach and Melbourne are getting the worst of it. Some cells in the storm look like they are capable of producing winds up 60 mph or worse; a tornado watch is in affect for the whole central region of the state. The flow of migrants last night was impressive even with the front on its way down, given that birds can be concentrated along the southern edge of the front. Places like Crystal River, New Pt. Richey, Orlando, Melbourne, Merritt Island, and Daytona may have some new faces this morning. The front may have caused the birds to drop; all migrant traps along the southern edge of the front should be checked for new arrivals that were forced down by the weather. Yesterday this same front caused some really good birding from Ft. Morgan, AL to Pensacola; the front caused lots of birds to land. Fall out conditions were eminent along the edges of the front as it came in at the right time. Birds were leaving the Yucatan heading out on their long flight as the front moved in; birds flew around the storm and ended up having to land as the storm came in. All the factors were set for a fall out.

Further south birds were on their way in from Cuba and the Bahamas, Ft. Lauderdale and further north along the coast seems to have gotten a direct hit. Evergreen Cemetery might be good today, also migrant traps such as Spanish River, West Lake/Anne Kolb, Green Cay, Wako, HT Birch, and Gumbo Limbo may be worth a stop. Miami radar picked up lots of birds entering but just as many moving away from the radar. Birds came in from both the South and the east today, Cape FL and Matheson seem to be your best bets along the coast but some new birds may be inland at traps like AD Barnes and Kendall Indian Hammocks. Birds could be seen entering the Everglades region of the south, birds came in kind of late and may have made it into the Big Cypress, Chokoloskee area. BC Boardwalk, Six Mile Slough, and other migrant traps in the area may also be worth a check today. The keys seem to have been bitten by the vacuum bug as lots of birds flew over last night but not a lot is expected to have landed, the birds are in full migration mode now and it was evident in their persistence to fly north last night. Good Birding to all and take care, Mother Nature is nothing to play with.

All sightings posted to Badbirdz2 are greatly appreciated.

Nature is Awesome,
Angel and Mariel


  1. fallout along the southern edge of the front… 1. was it clear in your area until midnight? 2. did the storms reach your area between 12:00am and 2:00am? if so, bird your local patch; otherwise head to the area where 1 & 2 are true. Otherwise, all the areas south of the front should be good, assuming they’re spring migrant traps (since migration from Cuba and up the FL peninsula was heavy last night)



  2. I haven’t been out yet (will go after work today) to bird the trails but I heard about a nice little fallout on our Chickee Island here at Green Cay. We had Chestnut-sided, Black-and-White, Black-throated Blue, Redstarts, Palm, Prairie, and Blackpoll Warblers. So it sounds like your forecast was spot on for us. I’ll let you know if anything else interesting shows up.

  3. After the count yesterday I ended with 11 species of warbler so add Cape May, Common Yellowthroat, lots of Northern Parula, and Pine to that list above.


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