Posted by: NatureIsAwesome | September 28, 2009 @ 8:22 am

The Bird Gates Are Open…

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

Don’t have enough time to post right now. Lots of birds came through Florida last night, biggest numbers yet this season. Birds were traveling NW to SE, pick your favorite migrant hot spot. Please come back and let us know what you saw. There will most definitely be new faces today! Go get ’em!

Nature is Awesome,
Angel and Mariel



  1. Well, the big day seems to keep avoiding me. Barnes looked promising this AM, but turned out to be rather uneventful. The only thing different this morning was the number of Baltimore Orioles, with about 8-10 in the area of the playground alone. Nine warbler species, with no BTB (what?). More BGGN than ever, a real plague. I’m seriously considering developing some form of gnatcatchercide to spray the day before.

    Trey saw nothing at Sadowski.

    Larry’s Turtugas trip yesterday was lame I think, with only 13 species seen. A Canada and 1 Chestnut-sided were there only specialties. Thrushes consisted of only 2 Swainson’s. They did have an AMGP, which is always nice, but nicer if it’s here on the mainland. Larry was birding Ft. Zachary Taylor this morning and said it’s “fairly quiet.” After 2 days of west winds, showers at night, and massive radar movement, the fact that the birds are not dropping is rather disheartening. If we aren’t getting them with these conditions, then when can we expect to get them?

  2. A nice mix of birds in the Mangrove Bay Neighborhood of NE St. Pete this morning. From 11:00-12:15 PM I had the following, with a little help from Lorraine.

    1) Acadian Flycatcher
    4) Eastern Wood Pewee
    2) Swainson’s Thrush
    1) Gray-cheeked Thrush
    1) Veery
    2) Red-eyed Vireo
    2) White-eyed Vireo
    3) Northern Parula
    4) Yellow Warbler
    5) American Redstart ( 2 males my first of fall )
    2) Yellow-throated Warbler
    1) Black-and-White Warbler
    1) Blackburnian Warbler
    3) Palm Warbler
    1) Common Yellowthroat
    3) Summer Tanager ( 1 male )
    2) Scarlet Tanager ( 1 male )

    Don Margeson

  3. A very large thush movement occurred over the house this morning with a VERY coservative estimate of 225 Swainson’s. 20 Gray-cheeked and 30 Verry eing heard. Therse numbers are conservative as there were a steady movement of these species moving over the area bewtween 5:00 and 7:00 AM. There were probably double the number of each speciew however, I’m not the one to overcount birds

    Good Birding!!


  4. Things were quiet out at Cape Florida, too, this morning, except for Bobolinks pouring overhead. (Think that’s what a lot of the blue dots were on radar). 18 birds banded including the Hooded that’s been there 2 or 3 days now -she’s fat so she’ll be gone when the N winds get here.A few new faces around but I think we got leapfrogged in Dade Co yesterday because of the rain to the N of us overnight on 9/26; birds looked like they were leaving from just north of us and passing over after sunset last night.

    The radar is fascinating today-it looked like a LOT of birds left the GA-SC coast for the Bahamas, etc., and they’re still flying out over the Atlantic at 1400. Storms are popping up, so I wonder if there will be a late afternoon fallout at Cape Florida? Also appears to be a big flight out over the Gulf heading south, and getting augmented by birds leaving the Cape Sable area for Cuba.

    Who knows what is going on, but my guess is that tomorrow should be busy bird-wise because so many birds are upstream of us, pouring into FLA last night. They should be getting down here tonight, provided there’s not a rain block and they can fly through the night. We’ll see….

  5. Dave Gagne-

    Where are you located again? You always have good reports of totally different birds than we get on the southeast atlantic coast.

  6. Female Cerulean at the Matheson Hammock service road. This one is a really nice adult female. It was at the western end just before the stand of royal palms and Australian Pines.

  7. I had a great afternoon birding Oak Hammock and Palm Hammock Trails at
    MINWR this afternoon (4:00 to 6:30). There were by far the best numbers and
    diversity of birds I’ve seen there so far this year. Below is the list; some of the
    numbers are estimates and many more birds were left unidentified.

    Acadian Flycatcher
    Eastern Wood-Pewee
    White-eyed Vireo…6
    Red-eyed “…20
    Yellow-throated “….1
    Philadelphia “….1 drab bird that I first thought might be a Warbling but it did
    have a dark lore.
    Gray-cheeked Thrush…1
    Thrush sp…10 all were flushed and were hard to relocate in the late afternoon
    shadows. There was probably a Bicknell’s or two in the bunch.
    Baltimore Oriole
    Scarlet Tanager…2
    Summer Tanager…3 one bright red male above Phyllis’s sign in the parking lot.
    Prothonotary Warbler…1
    Tennessee “…2
    Blue-winged “….1 fe. County bird for me.
    Chesnut-sided…one HY and one adult
    Magnolia “….2
    N. Parula “….5
    Cape May “….1
    Black-throated Blue “….15 males and females
    Blackburnian “….3 two adult males
    Black-throated Green “….3 two adult males
    Prairie “….1
    Yellow-throated “….1
    Worm-eating “….2
    Black and White “….1
    A. Redstart….30
    N. Waterthrush….1

    Good Birding,
    Mitchell Harris


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