Posted by: NatureIsAwesome | September 27, 2009 @ 10:15 am

Migrants & Weather

This is the radar from 6:00pm last night to 9:00am 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 a cold front passed over North Florida and along with the CF there was plenty of migrants moving ahead and behind the front. Coastal locations look best for north Florida birders, west winds pushed birds east. Migrants general movement in the panhandle was NW to SE, new faces should be around today.
Jacksonville radar did not show a lot of movement as winds were from the south, there was still some activity though but not big numbers. True and Tried migrant traps will be your best bet for seeing migrants today.
St. Pete radar was showing birds moving in all night but most of the activity seems to have continued on past, there is some interesting movement over the Gulf as of late morning (11:30 a.m.) from the Ten Thousand Islands to the Dry Tortugas it seems as birds will be coming in during early afternoon hours. Birds that passed up the panhandle were traveling SE and are still over the water. This is consistent with birds being stuck over water as it gets hotter, these birds will have to ground soon. Birders on the west coast south of Sarasota be ready they will have to come in.
Given the amount of migrants passing over the St. Pete area last night there should be some new birds around today, both inland and coastal locations may see some birds today.
Melbourne radar picked up birds moving in as well as some storms in the middle of the night, birds may have been grounded by these storms. Let us know if you had any concentrations today from Merritt to Fort Lauderdale.
Central Florida had lots of migrants passing over through out the night, if you had rain over your area during the early morning hours birds may be stacked up somewhere. True and tried traps should be checked as there could be some goodies around this morning.
An exodus of Caribbean bounds migrants occurred off the Fort Lauderdale last night and you may have been hit with the migration vacuum. With storms moving in on the area during the night North Lauderdale should be your best place to bird up there. Any birding Evergreen Cemetery? The spot could be jumping today as birds may have been grounded before they were able to take off over Atlantic.
Miami radar had birds moving out over the Atlantic and out to Cuba, migrants were leaving to their winter home in a hurry as the storms pushed east. Most birds that were around yesterday are likely gone now, some new birds were picked up coming in though. With S to SW winds over us all night birds may have grounded before storms came over. Given the densities over us last night not a lot is expected but new birds definitely arrived this morning, inland locations look best as birds that made it to the coast took off over the water. Let us know what is around today in Miami, we would really appreciate it.
Key West radar had lots of activity last night as birds were leaving the southern portions of Miami and heading for Cuba, migrants could also be seen taking off from the lower keys heading south for Cuba as well. The Keys looked as if they were hit by the vacuum, most of the movement seen on the radar was passing the Keys up as birds were able to fly all the way to Cuba.

Tomorrow may be a better day for birds down in Miami and the Keys, birds that are stacked up along the west coast will be on the move tonight.

Nature is Awesome,
Angel and Mariel


  1. Hi All,

    Despite the west/northwest wind here along the gulf starting about 6:00 PM last night a moderate thrush migration was going on during the wee hours of the morning until roughly 6:00 AM. 6 15 minute surveyrs were done during this time and a total of 52 Swainson’s, and 10 Gray-cheeked Thrushes ere detected alon with only 6 Verry berin heard. Closer to dawn, a lone Bobolink was also heard. Very few warblers were noted as only 4 flyovers were heard in the pre-dawnand 2 Yellow and 1 Yellow-thoated were seen shortly after daybreak. However a large number of Blue winged Teal were on the move today with a total of 297 were tallied in 6 flocks!! Also of note were migrating Osprey and Great Egrets. These birds, are NEVER posted and should be, as they are common year round residents, however, they do not spend the winter in the northern part of thier range. For example: 31 Great Egreats were observed circling very high along with 1 Snowy Egret and 1 Little Blue Heron (also very common birds here!!). Miggration is happerning and warblers are not the only species that are on the move!!

    Good Birding!!


  2. A female Cerulean Warbler was found this morning during the TAS walk at Kendall Indian Hammock Park. It was seen at the east end of the hammock, in an open area of the hammock along the path that runs north from the three dumpsters. A possible female Hooded Warbler was seen at the west end of the hammock.

    Other birds recorded during the walk included
    Northern Harrier
    White-crowned Pigeon
    Ruby-throated Hummingbird
    Eastern Kingbird
    Yellow-throated Vireo
    Red-eyed Vireo
    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
    Hill Myna
    Northern Parula
    Black-throated Blue Warbler
    Yellow-throated Warbler
    Prairie Warbler
    Black-and-white Warbler
    American Redstart
    Common Yellowthroat
    Painted Bunting
    Baltimore Oriole

    After the walk, I stopped at the Publix at Town and Country Center on Kendall Drive and SW 117 Avenue. I noticed some shorebirds feeding in a puddle in a construction area, so I got out for a closer look. Present were Lesser Yellowlegs, Killdeer, Semipalmated and Least Sandpipers and a larger Calidris that was probably a White-rumped Sandpiper. Unfortunately, a security guard quickly approached and asked me to leave. What is it with shorebirds and security guards this fall?

  3. Thanks for posting your sightings Brian, we really appreciate it. Awesome bird by the way!

  4. A&M: You’re exactly right about the vaccuum effect. Slow day at Cape Florida as any new inbound migrants were blocked by the rain to the north. 6 birds banded. We diod hear a Hooded around, and the same Cape May has been hanging out in the same ficus for 3 or 4 days now.
    Looking forwards to a couple days of west winds under clear skies, if the forecast holds! Interesting that people are still seeing early-season birds like ceruleans and prothonotaries. Still waiting for thrushes at the Cape.

  5. Forgot to mention: bobolinks were on the move this morning at Cape Florida. We heard more today flying over than we have heard in a week. They’re definently on a different schedule than the warblers.

  6. I stopped at KIH on the way home from church and found the Cerulean in a tree directly above Frizbee Golf basket #2. You know, if more of our parks had these ridiculous sports structures, we’d have an easier time giving directions to birds.

  7. Turned out is was a pretty birdy morning at John Chestnut Park along Lake Tarpon in north Pinellas.

    Highlights for the 4 hours I was at the park were, 14 species of warbler including 6 Blackburnians, 5 Tennessee, 4 Hooded, a Prothonotary and Worm-eating warbler. Had a possible Magnolia just after the rains but it was hard to keep looking up with all the water dripping off the trees.

    At the beginning of of the Peggy Park Trail had three individuals of what I identified as Acadian Flycatchers by call. Later a brief look at a Least Flycatcher at the first picnic area on the tower boardwalk.

    A nice look at a tree top Swainson’s Thrush and 15 Blue-winged Teal flying in a southern direction as the rain hit Lake Tarpon round out some of the more interesting observations for the morning.

    Location: John H. Chestnut, Jr., County Park
    Observation date: 9/27/09
    Notes: 7585 steps = approx. 4.94 miles
    Number of species: 51

    Blue-winged Teal 15
    Anhinga 6
    Great Blue Heron 1
    Green Heron 3
    Glossy Ibis 5
    Wood Stork 1
    Red-shouldered Hawk 3
    Common Moorhen 8
    Laughing Gull 10
    Forster’s Tern 4
    Mourning Dove 4
    Chimney Swift 4
    Red-bellied Woodpecker 10
    Downy Woodpecker 15
    Pileated Woodpecker 2
    Eastern Wood-Pewee 1
    Acadian Flycatcher 3
    Least Flycatcher 1
    White-eyed Vireo 8
    Red-eyed Vireo 10
    Blue Jay X
    American Crow X
    Carolina Chickadee 1
    Tufted Titmouse 35
    Carolina Wren 35
    House Wren 1
    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 40
    Veery 3
    Swainson’s Thrush 1
    Northern Mockingbird X
    Brown Thrasher 2
    Tennessee Warbler 5
    Northern Parula 15
    Chestnut-sided Warbler 2
    Blackburnian Warbler 6
    Yellow-throated Warbler 10
    Pine Warbler 4
    Black-and-white Warbler 5
    American Redstart 1
    Prothonotary Warbler 1
    Worm-eating Warbler 1
    Ovenbird 4
    Northern Waterthrush 1
    Common Yellowthroat 8
    Hooded Warbler 4
    Summer Tanager 1
    Scarlet Tanager 2
    Northern Cardinal 20
    Red-winged Blackbird X
    Common Grackle X
    Boat-tailed Grackle X

    This report was generated automatically by eBird v2(

  8. After getting a call about a female Cerulean at KIH we decided to drop by since we had to go to Kendall anyways.

    We stopped at the construction site in the Town and Country Center on Kendall Drive to see if we can get lucky and got a fall White-rumped Sandpiper. The Least were gone as well as the Yellowlegs and Killdeer but along with 7 Semipalmated Sandpipers a lonely White-rumped was present. The long wings projecting past the tail and gray wash on breast sealed the deal. Cool bird to see in a construction zone.

    Next stop was my liquor store (oops, that is a Sublime song)…I meant Kendall Indian Hammock to look for the Cerulean Warbler found earlier in the day (see Brian’s post above). We arrived, walked to the Frisbee Golf basket #2 and looked up; the Cerulean was the second bird we saw in our Binocs. Awesome; we stayed for a bit to get better looks and as the sun came back out the CERW made a quick appearance giving us walk away looks as Toe likes to say. Headed home knowing that we definitely deserve to have a celebratory libation.

    Any weekend that you see a Lark Sparrow, Alder & Trail’s Flycatchers, White-rumped Sandpiper, Cerulean, Prothonotary & Blackburnian Warbler and a Broad-winged Hawk, plus other goodies is definitely worth an awesome brew such as a Three Philosophers!

    Thanks for the brew Toe.

    Nature is Awesome
    Angel & Mariel


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