Posted by: NatureIsAwesome | August 15, 2009 @ 12:58 pm

Tropical Weather…shuts down migration =(

This is the radar from 7:00pm last night to 11:30am 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

Birds tried to make their way south but chose to ground themselves as the tropical weather approached. Some movement was seen on the radar, some new birds should be around as they would have had to land due to the weather. We will see what happens tonight, good birding and hope everyone has a great weekend.

Nature is Awesome,
Angel and Mariel


  1. Trey and I headed south today in search of any migrants that may be around. Although things are still slow, we had a few interesting birds. At Lucky Hammock we had a few Redstarts and Prairie Warblers, a Black-and-white, a male N. Harrier, Red-tailed Hawk, and two White-tailed Kites to the west. At the Annex we had many more Redstarts and Prairies, a couple of Black-and-whites, a Louisiana Waterthrush, and our best bird, a young male Orchard Oriole.

    The ag fields around 217th Ave. had almost no shorebirds except for a group of Black-bellied Plovers and some Killdeer, a couple of Least Sandpipers, and a Spotted Sandpiper. Conspicuously absent were Upland and Pectoral Sandpipers. A stop at a fenced pond along 344 St. Produced 2 Solitary Sandpipers and a pair of small very weird looking ducks. I have no idea what they were. Trey, pictures?

    At Cutler Wetlands conditions are looking good for shorebirds if they ever get here. New arrivals were 3-4 Stilt Sandpipers, plus a couple of Semipalmated Sandpipers, Semi Plovers, a bunch of Least, a lone SB Dowitcher, both Yellowlegs, and BN Stilts. Our best find here were 2 Black Terns, one in mostly breeding plumage. Black Terns are not an easy find in Dade.

    Here’s the list of our highlights:

    Orchard Oriole
    Black Tern (2)
    White-tailed Kite (2)
    N. Harrier
    Red-tailed Hawk
    Louisiana Waterthrush
    Am Redstart +
    Prairie Warbler +
    Black-and-white Warbler +
    GC Flycatcher
    Stilt Sandpiper (3)
    Solitary Sandpiper (2)
    Spotted Sandpiper
    Semipalmated Sandpiper (~6)

    Toe n Trey


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