Posted by: NatureIsAwesome | September 25, 2009 @ 9:15 am

Moderate to Heavy Migration Over FL

This is the radar from 6:00pm last night to 8:30am 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

Nature is Awesome,
Angel and Mariel


  1. Slower than yesterday at Cape Florida: 26 new birds banded. Surprising, since it looked like more birds were out over the Atlantic last night than the night before. More black-throated blues around today. Highlight was another Blackburnian; this one a gorgeous adult male!

  2. Thanks MIDA we really appreciate your reports. Good thing I was not there because I probably would have pulled that BLBW out of the net and would have had to wear that crown again. LOL
    You rock!

    A & M

  3. From Deerfield Beach, FL:
    This evening (Friday Sept 25) we observed large flocks of birds moving south during the evening hours. I’ve been out twice to walk the dog (most recently at 10 PM) and each time I could hear many birds chirping overhead in the dark as they fly south tonight.

  4. Thanks for posting Karen it is very much appreciated.

    Angel & Mariel

  5. Hey everyone,

    I was going to walk to Mead this morning, but I know Mead has been getting good birder coverage lately, and I’ve hardly seen anything on Leu. So I drove to Leu Gardens, spent about 2.5 hours walking around, and then I walked around Mead Garden for about 1.5 hours on my way home. The birding wasn’t quite as good as on Wednesday, but there was still plenty to see. There was finally a decent representation of migrants from other families besides warblers. Speaking of warblers, for some reason I missed some easy ones today: redstart, black-and-white, prairie. Other birders mentioned they had redstarts at Mead earlier this morning, as well as a Summer Tanager behind the amphitheater that I didn’t see. I again dipped on Great Crested Flycatcher, and Mead Garden’s Barred Owls weren’t in an obvious place today. My list for the day is as follows:

    Great Blue Heron
    Great Egret
    Green Heron (Leu)
    White Ibis
    Black Vulture
    Turkey Vulture
    Cooper’s Hawk
    Red-Shouldered Hawk
    Mourning Dove
    Chimney Swift
    Ruby-Throated Hummingbird
    Belted Kingfisher
    Red-Bellied Woodpecker
    Downy Woodpecker
    Northern Flicker
    Eastern Wood-Pewee (1, Leu)
    Acadian Flycatcher (1, Leu)
    White-Eyed Vireo (3)
    Yellow-Throated Vireo (2, Mead)
    Red-Eyed Vireo (LOTS)
    Blue Jay
    Fish Crow
    Tufted Titmouse
    Carolina Wren
    Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher
    Veery (3, Leu)
    Gray-Cheeked Thrush (1, Leu)
    Gray Catbird (1, Leu – my FOF)
    Northern Mockingbird
    Brown Thrasher
    Northern Parula (5-6)
    Yellow-Throated Warbler (4-5)
    Pine Warbler (2, Mead)
    Worm-Eating Warbler (2, Leu)
    Northern Waterthrush (1 each at Leu and Mead)
    Scarlet Tanager (1, Mead – picnic area)
    Northern Cardinal
    Common Grackle
    House Finch

    Leu Gardens is in Downtown Orlando near the intersection of US 17/92 (Mills Ave) and Virginia Ave. There is an admission fee for non-members. Mead Garden is in Winter Park, south of Fairbanks Ave. and east of US 17/92 (Orlando Ave.). There is no admission fee. Both are in north-central Orange County.

    Good birding,

    John Thomton

  6. Hi All,

    Ed Kwater and I birded around the jetty this morning and had an impressive southward movement of terns including at least 845 Commons, 507 Sandwich and 233 Blacks. Also there was a Common Nighthawk flying offshore at the same time!! The Osprey Trail was quite disappointing with only 4 species of warblers seen. Other birds of note included the folllowing of the 72 species detected:

    Blue-winged Teal 74
    Cooper’s Hawk 2
    Merlin 1
    Snowy Plover 1
    Whimbrel 3
    Marbled Godwit 17
    Caspian Tern 8
    Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1
    Eastern Kingbird 3 (NO GRAY”S!!)
    Barn Swallow 11
    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 9
    Gray Catbird 5
    Brown Thrasher 1
    Scarlet Tanager 2
    Bobolink 7 (calling flyovers in 1 group)

    Good Birding!!
    Dave Gagne

  7. Despite the brutal heat and the curse of 10,000 no-see-ums, I found a good diversity of migrants during a walk through the Mangrove Bay Neighborhood of NE St. Pete. I had a feeling it might be a good day when an Ovenbird scolded me when I went out to get the paper at 7:00 AM. Birds seen are as follows. Curiously a lot of the birds were young of the year, or 1st winter.

    3) Yellow Warbler ( 1 adult male, 1 adult female, 1 1st winter )
    2) Prairie Warbler ( 1 1st winter 1 adult male )
    1) Bay-breasted Warbler ( 1st winter female )
    1) Cape May Warbler ( 1st winter female )
    1) Black-and-White Warbler ( 1st winter )
    1) Chestnut-sided Warbler ( 1st winter )
    1) Magnolia Warbler ( adult female )
    1) Ovenbird
    1) White-eyed Vireo
    1) House Finch
    9) Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
    1) Carolina Wren

    Don Margeson

  8. WOW! What awesome groundtruthing you’re getting! Thanks to everyone for providing their observations- it really helps us all begin to understand how the radar relates to the birds making landfall in the morning. You Rock! And a huge thanks to Angel and Mariel for doing such a great job taking over Badbirdz. Getting up each morning to post the radar is no simple task, and clearly takes away from the time they could be out birding. Thanks again you two!

    It really is great to see the community of birders congregating on this site; I sincerely hope it continues!

    Good Birding



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