Posted by: NatureIsAwesome | April 22, 2009 @ 7:07 am

Earth Day Radar

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

Light to moderate migration, coastal migrant traps look best today such as Matheson, Cape, Evergreen Cemetery, Spanish River and Anne Kolb which may see good numbers of migrants today. Not a lot of birds were visible on the radar last night, some faint pulses were visible which could mean that the birds are flying low or moving around locally. Birds may have been grounded yesterday during the day and are now looking for better foraging resources. If you can’t make it to the coast, inland migrant traps may also be holding some migrants and worth birding. With late reports yesterday afternoon of birds being grounded by weather we expect them to still be around today; birds may be sticking around to fuel their next leg of their journey. Good luck out there, please let us know what your seeing so that we can ground truth the radar. We hope to hear a report from the Cape since the Key Bunny is back in town. We have been missing your reports. Thank you and good birding to all.

All sightings posted to Badbirdz2 are greatly appreciated.

Nature is Awesome,
Angel and Mariel


  1. For this Earth Day I was able to some birding in my neighbourhood in Kissimmee. Here is what two and a half hours birding produced:

    2-Swallow-tailed Kite
    1-House Wren
    1-Carolina Wren
    c.50-Gray Catbird
    3-Northern Parula
    1-Black-and-white Warbler (Male)
    2-Black-throated Blue Warbler (Both Male)
    1- Yellow-throated Warbler
    2-Prairie Warbler (Both Female)
    3-Palm Warbler
    1-Worm-eating Warbler
    c.30- Common Yellowthroat
    1-American Redstart (Female)
    3-4- Swamp Sparrow- Kinda Late!
    1-Indigo Bunting (Male)

  2. After whining for the last couple of weeks, the birds decided to shut me up by making there presence known. I birded Matheson Hammock from 8:00 to 9:30 this morning, then stopped briefly at Sadowski around 6:30.

    Best birds at Matheson were a Blue-winged in the hammock in front of the stone shelter on the east side, and 2 Swainson’s (Warbler) along the west
    service road just before the hammock opens up. At Sadowski I added a nice Tennessee Warbler and Red-eye Vireo to the list. While not a fallout, it’s the best I’ve seen this year.

    Parula (20)
    Blackpoll (50)
    BTB (35)
    Cape May (20)
    Prairie (3)
    Swainson s (2)
    Common Yellowthroat
    American Redstart (20)


    Black-whiskered Vireo
    Red-eyed Vireo
    Yellow-billed Cuckoo
    Indigo Bunting (2)
    GC Flycatcher
    Thrush sp (2, flybys)

  3. I spent the day at Anne Kolb, it produced a nice variety of birds. 42 species for the day.
    Highlight of the day was a Swallow-tailed Kite flying past the park.

    Brown Pelican
    Magnificent Frigatebird
    Great Blue Heron
    Great Egret
    Little Blue Heron
    Tricolored Heron
    White Ibis
    Black Vulture
    Turkey Vulture
    Swallow-tailed Kite
    Short-tailed Hawk
    Red-tailed Hawk
    Laughing Gull
    Royal Tern
    Rock Pigeon
    Eurasian Collared-Dove
    White-winged Dove
    Mourning Dove
    Belted Kingfisher
    Red-bellied Woodpecker
    Black-whiskered Vireo
    Blue Jay
    American Crow
    Fish Crow
    Tree Swallow
    Gray Catbird
    Northern Mockingbird
    European Starling
    Northern Parula
    Cape May Warbler
    Black-throated Blue Warbler
    Prairie Warbler
    Blackpoll Warbler
    Black-and-white Warbler
    Common Yellowthroat
    Northern Cardinal
    Red-winged Blackbird
    Common Grackle
    Boat-tailed Grackle

    Thanks for this website, very useful.


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