Posted by: NatureIsAwesome | September 8, 2009 @ 9:02 am

Birds Push Out of the North

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

With a north wind blowing down the east coast Jacksonville had the best migration this season thus far. Migrants were streaming over Jacksonville in large densities; reflectivity values of 25-30 dBZ representing densities of 227-602 birds per cubic kilometer were visible for much of the night on the radar.
The Panhandle saw some localized heavy migration between Walton and Bay counties. Birds seem to have taken to the wing out of Dauphin Island; with an east wind the birds were carried over to Florida and possibly made landfall along the panhandle beaches. Look for migrants that usually migrate through Mississippi/Alabama as they may be around today.
We will post more in a bit; work has really gotten in the way today.

Nature is Awesome,
Angel and Mariel



  1. Matheson this morning. East side: only a couple of flying warblers.

    Service road: crawling with N. Waterthrush. At least 10-12, with good numbers of Ovenbirds. A couple of B&W’s, Parulas, Prairies, a Redstart, and a Worm-eating. That’s it. Out of about 40 species of warbler that we’ve had in this area, I saw 7.

  2. In addition to getting at least 15 species, a good day includes at least one of these species:

    Blue-winged Warbler
    Golden-winged Warbler
    Nashville Warbler
    Chestnut-sided Warbler
    Black-throated Gray Warbler
    Townsend’s Warbler
    Blackburnian Warbler
    Kirtland’s Warbler
    Bay-breasted Warbler
    Cerulean Warbler
    Prothonotary Warbler
    Swainson’s Warbler
    Kentucky Warbler
    Connecticut Warbler
    Mourning Warbler
    MacGillivray’s Warbler
    Hooded Warbler
    Wilson’s Warbler
    Canada Warbler


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