Posted by: NatureIsAwesome | May 8, 2009 @ 7:07 am

Friday Radar

This is the radar from 7:00pm last night to 6:00am 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

Migrants were on the move last night; birds could be seen leaving the coast of Cuba and the Bahamas. Birds were mostly headed west with lots of birds hitting the west coast between Lake Ingraham and Ft. Myers. Migrants came in from the Bahamas in two distinctive groups of birds, the first flew right on past us and the second occurred later in the evening. The second group seems to have made its way into the Northwest region of the Everglades as well as the Big Cypress. Some birds appeared to land on the east coast; the Cape may have a couple of new faces around. Not a lot is expected to have made it into the Cape but it looks like the best spot to find what did ground. Key Largo also had some activity on the radar and may be holding some migrants today.
Further up the state migrants were moving through making great time, birds could be seen on the radar in high densities in the Lake O area. Titusville area also looked good for today, migrants that entered through the Miami area continued north along the coast until sunrise. The radar shows birds entering the radar from Titusville to Jacksonville, migrants should be held up in true and tried migrant traps. Good Birding to everyone and enjoy the weekend.

All sightings posted to Badbirdz2 are greatly appreciated.
Good Birding to all on this beautiful Friday.

Nature is Awesome,
Angel and Mariel



  1. Hi Angel & Mariel,

    Sorry I haven’t posted this spring; I’m not around a computer much this time of year. On the ground, migration on our side (east) of FLA has definently picked up some. Today at Cape Florida were decent numbers of mostly redstarts and northern waterthrushes, with a gray-cheeked/Bicknell’s thrush around for interest and a few Connecticut warblers. Blackpolls, yellowthroats and btblues rounded out the day. 45 birds banded, which is a big improvement over the 8-10 bird days seen out there since this ridge and easterly flow set up a couple weeks ago.

  2. Thanks for posting Michelle! We appreciate it.


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