Posted by: NatureIsAwesome | July 31, 2009 @ 2:01 pm

Migrant Activity

For the last two nights the radar has showed some movement making its way into our region.  Some movement was evident out of eastern Georgia making its way south; there was also pulses picked up by the nexrad leaving the Lake O vicinity.  Could shorebirds be on their way south?   The targets that fled the south eastern Lake O area were definitely flying fast.  The speeds and time of year leads us to believe that this movement could be shorebirds. 
In the last several weeks we have been seeing signs of migration picking up; starting with the southward movement of Least Tern.  Purple martins are congregating at communal roosts; we have been monitoring a Martin roost near our home since they started to show up in the thousands.  Chimney Swifts have also been seen moving south over the last few weeks, we have not seen any Chimney Swift for almost a week now.  Last Saturday night while outside we heard a migrating flock of birds as they streamed overhead, the flight calls remain unidentified.  In the last few days birders have been reporting first of season Shorebirds, Warblers, and soon Raptors will jump on the migration wagon.  Together we can monitor the wonders of migration as well as keep each other informed about what is happening all over the state.  Hope all of you have a great migration season and enjoy all that nature has to offer.  We hope to see all of you sharing your bird observations as well as weather observations on Badbirdz2, good birding.

Nature is Awesome
Angel & Mariel


  1. Today, while surveying Gandy Beach, at the east end of Gandy Blvd. in Pinellas County, for Least Terns, Lorraine and I were delighted to find a good mix of other Terns and Shorebirds. We also found 2 banded juvenile LETE. One was banded at the Ulmerton Industrial Mart and the other at the Matter Bros. Furniture Warehouse. We were also surprised to find a juvenile Black Skimmer which could have hatched from one our rooftop colonies. The full list is below.

    117) Least Tern ( including 11 fledglings )
    39) Black Tern
    2) Common Tern
    100+) Royal Tern ( 15+ fledglings )
    50+) Sandwich Tern ( 6 fledglings )
    100+) Black Skimmer ( 1 fledgeling )
    20+) Willet
    40+) Short-billed Dowitcher
    25+) Ruddy Turstone
    1) Dunlin
    6) Least Sandpiper
    20+) Semipalmated Plover
    2) Wilson’s Plover

    Don Margeson
    St. Petersburg


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