Posted by: NatureIsAwesome | September 7, 2009 @ 12:32 pm

Labor Day Radar

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

Last night looked as migrants were ready to get to their winter homes as large amounts of birds were on the move over the water. Winds were optimal last night over much of the state; a nice steady N to NE wind gave migrants a push start early in the evening. With awesome migration winds birds decided they would take advantage of this and as a result migrants were over the water in numbers over the west coast heading down into the bay and subsequently the Keys and Tortugas. Birds could be seen heading out over the ocean off of the St. Pete coast as well a large flight off the Ft. Myers coast; these birds could be seen in the late morning heading over the Tortugas. With light out and temperatures on the rise birds would have had to land at the Tortugas, any NPS employees reading this? We would love to hear from anyone at the Tortugas to see if infact migrants arrived at the islands today.
Migrants took a general NE to SW direction over the night, large numbers of migrants were apparent on the radar last night. With large numbers of birds on the move we should have some new faces at most migrant hot spots in South Florida. The western panhandle had some storm activity last night keeping birds from coming in; as a result birds moved away from panhandle as they could be seen fleeing to the east away from the storms. The NE winds were helping birds fly long distances last night; radar picked up birds entering and leaving the radar in Jacksonville and Melbourne.

Miami radar showed lots of birds leaving for the south, a nice flight occurred out of the Everglades heading in to the Keys. Could these be the birds that have been reported in numbers in the area yesterday; reports of large numbers of Kingbirds and BB Plovers were around yesterday. In the early morning winds over Biscayne were blowing from the east pushing birds back onto the coast, today would have been a better day for the TAS walk at the Cape. Birds could be seen moving over the water and then coming back into the coast during the late morning hours, birds that have been over the water for a while and are stuck out at day will head in late in the morning. It is typical to get a rush between 10-11 am as birds are heading back to land after flying long hours over the night. Check migrants traps from North Dade to South Dade for new faces today. With east winds inland spots favor the coastal areas, but with amount of birds over the ocean in the morning we expect to see some birds along the coast as well.

Birds are really starting to gather and take big flights over the straights; soon we should be seeing our typical densities expected during fall migration down here in Miami. As we get further into September we have to start looking for some of those gems like Canada, Blackburnian, Chestnut-sided, and Bay-breasted Warblers. Flycatchers will start to show more often and the chance of a rarity as Brian’s Townsend’s Warbler is in our favor. The more eyes out there the better the chances are that good birds will be found during migration this fall. If only a hand full of birders are out there looking for migrants we will miss lots of goodies; now you wouldn’t want that to happen, right?

Birds are out there, now go and get them and come back and share your adventures of the day with all of us. Good birding to all and enjoy the last day of the Labor Day weekend.

Nature is Awesome,
Angel and Mariel

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