Posted by: NatureIsAwesome | August 24, 2009 @ 7:09 am

Heavy Migration


Due to radar issues we were only able to animate the SE radar until 1:30am this morning…

Last night the night skies were full of migrants passing overhead. With all radars showing moderate to heavy migration we expect all migrant traps around the state to see a few new migrants. Coastal and inland migrant traps should be birdy today given the wide distribution of the radar returns. Birds were moving with a SSE trajectory for the most part. The panhandle and Jacksonville radars showed lots of birds coming through the radar, St. Pete radars had lots of early morning action going on. Melbourne radar has started to pick up in the last few days; birds have started to travel down the east coast. Miami radar and Key West radar both had moderate flow, most birds moving inland in Miami. Key West radar showed lots of migrants leaving as a new group of birds came in; migrants were picked up leaving the Keys and heading over the straights with Cuba in mind. The Keys West may have had a complete replacement of migrants as new birds made it in as others were departing. Good birding to all and don’t forget to share you sightings with other birders in search of migrants around the state.

Nature is Awesome,
Angel & Mariel


  1. Sunday morning there were several Alder Flycatchers and a female Cerulean at the Annex. Not much else as far as migrant activity. A brief Monday morning stop at Matheson produced a N. Waterthrush, two Ovenbirds, and some Prairies, but still very slow. I did notice that on the way down to Key West saturday there was a stead stream of swallows heading south in numbers I had never seen before. Any open area in the Keys was covered in swallows. I suspect swallows are the primary component of recent radar signatures in our area.

  2. I agree that swallows have been extremely numerous. From my office window overlooking Biscayne Bay I’ve seen them in small and large groups over the past week…all heading south. My relatively unbirdy apartment complex was also alive with the first big group of Blue-gray Gnatcatchers on the morning of the 24th.

  3. Thanks for your post guys! We really appreciate the feedback.


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