Posted by: NatureIsAwesome | September 2, 2009 @ 8:47 am

Light to Moderate Migration last night

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

Sorry for the super late post but everything got in the way today. Winds were optimal for migration last night, with an N to NW wind blowing through out most of the state birds were on the move.
Birds took an N to S trajectory for the most part, turning to NE to SW down in Miami due to the winds during the early morning. That said we expect inland locations to look best today. Most birds that entered the Miami radar were coming in through the center of the state. Look for shorebirds out there, the AG fields look best for any chance of densities.
The Keys had lots of movement last night with a big flight to Cuba. More birds replaced the one that left as birds were entering the Key West radar for much of the night and morning.
The western Panhandle looks best for birding in the Northwest. Jacksonville radar showed movement for much of the night. Birds here were moving NNE to SSW, inland locations also look better for you birders up there.

Good Birding to all.

Nature is Awesome,
Angel and Mariel


  1. The hard rains last night and today have increased the shorebird activity at the local sod farms and ballparks. The Upland was in the sod fields west of the most northern point at the Click Ponds north of Viera Wetlands. Ten other species of shorebirds including Pectoral and Stilt Sandpiper were in these fields and the ones along Wickam.
    Some of the fields were flooded and should be good habitat for the next couple of days or more. Chain of Lakes Park just north of Titusville had five species of shorebirds, but only holds shorebirds after or during a good rain.

    Good Birding,
    Mitchell Harris

  2. Unfortunately I have to work today, but this morning between 6:15 and 6:30am the sky over our house was filled with flight calls. I estimated 500+ passerine calls in that time (based on birds calling more frequently than every 2 seconds). Please note that calls do not equal birds, many birds call several times as they pass over, but it is nearly impossible to estimate actual bird numbers.

    The most common call types were both smooth and buzzy “seep/zeep” notes typical of many warbler species. There were also many Bobolinks (which have been passing over in small numbers the past 2 mornings) and a few Passerina bunting calls. It seems early for Indigos, maybe these were more likely Painted? I can’t tell them apart.

    We had a very nasty storm come through last night around 4am, I’m guessing these birds were on the heels of it. Here’s hoping there’s lots of birds around for anyone that gets out today!

    Matt Hafner
    St. Augustine


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