Posted by: NatureIsAwesome | April 30, 2009 @ 7:37 am

Last Day Of April Radar

This is the radar from 7:00pm last night to 6:30am this morning. East winds dominated the bottom third of the state with a ESE to a SE wind blowing around the rest of the state.

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 nights radar made us look twice it is almost a carbon copy of last night’s events. Birds were really on the move again, migrants fled Cuba in good numbers last night. Birds mostly flew with a westerly trajectory out of Cuba; rain was quickly approaching from the east which made the birds react. Migrants increased velocity over a two hour period as to out run the weather which put them over the Keys as the rain moved in. The Tortugas and Key West may be really good today; it is hard to say since pulses were picked up late in the morning exiting the KW radar. Miami seems to have been skipped once again, some weak pulses can be picked up on the radar but the numbers are small and thus not expected to be noticeable on the ground. Any reports from the Cape would be interesting; birds may have come in undetected.
Moving west migrants were on the move as all the west coast radars picked up bird movement. The Everglades City/Chokoloskee area might be a stop over site for migrants this spring. For the last couple of nights migrants could be seen leaving the area as the sun sets, Big Cypress is nearby and might be worth a check. The St. Pete/Sarasota area seems to have all the birds this morning; lots of movement was picked up by the radar last night. Further up the coast birds could be seen moving up thought the panhandle making their way into Alabama. Birds could be seen leaving the coast at night, an ESE to SE wind helped birds make good time flying north. Jacksonville radar showed less movement than last night with most of the activity being migrants that are making their way out of Florida.
Migrants are moving through and fast, get them while they are here!

All sightings posted to Badbirdz2 are greatly appreciated.

Nature is Awesome,
Angel and Mariel

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  1. didnt make it to the cape but did go to matheson in the morning. Miami seems to have been skipped again is just about right !

    1 Common yellowthroat
    1 redstart

    and thats about it … nevermind

    Peter

  2. Hi All,

    I spent this morning at Ft. DeSoto Park trying to get an accurate count of the more abundant species of warblers that are currently being seen, rather than trying to find every species that’s been reported lately. I managed to get some pretty high totals…

    Barn Swallow – 6
    Cedar Waxwing – 20
    Northern Parula – 11
    Cape May Warbler – 74
    Black-throated Blue Warbler – 122
    Palm Warbler – 28
    Blackpoll Warbler – 134
    Black & White Warbler – 23
    American Redstart – 32
    Ovenbird – 55
    Northern Waterthrush – 11
    Common Yellowthroat – 71
    Summer Tanager – 1
    Scarlet Tanager – 1
    Rose-breasted Grosbeak – 1
    Indigo Bunting – 7
    Painted Bunting – 1
    Bobolink – 8

    Now this is only a partial total of what is at Ft. DeSoto as I didn’t cover every area of the park. The better areas were the East Beach Picnic area, Park Headquarters & The Mulberry Trees/Ranger House. The North end of the park didn’t have the same abundance of birds but there were still plenty to be seen. Pretty much every place I looked there were warblers, I could even spot them feeding along the side of the main road while I was driving!

    If you have never been to Ft. DeSoto Park make sure to stop in at the park headquarters to pick up a birding guide & checklist to the park.

    Best,
    Brian Ahern
    Tampa Bay, FL.
    BrianAhern@aol.com
    Photos: http://www.pbase.com/brianahern

  3. Migration has really slowed down here but there are still some good birds around. A Dickcissel was seen by Robin @ the Cape, we saw our FOTS Common Tern on the Rickenbacker bridge, and Gull-billed Tern was seen @ Cutler Wetlands by Bill. There are lots of Common Nighthawks, Kingbirds and Waxwings around the house, not a whole lot but it is something. Lets hope we get some birds in May, good birding everyone.

  4. Yes thats true, I still see plenty of waxwings about which I always enjoy and kingbirds on campus is also nice. I saw my first campus Swallow-tailed Kite this morning (5/1) from my dorm room window. I also really enjoy seeing the frigatebirds!

    Peter


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