Posted by: NatureIsAwesome | October 2, 2009 @ 6:19 am

Moderate Migration with a Strong Low on it’s Way into FL

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

Nature is Awesome,
Angel and Mariel


  1. Not much time to bird this morning. Stopped at the east side of Matheson and quickly saw a mixed flock in the corner of the hammock next to the water control feature. Nine warbler species, Summer Tanager, Swainson’s Thrush, and Wood Pewee. Best was a Chestnut-sided that still had most of the chestnut on the sides. Niiiice!

  2. October morning
    the Greater Yellowlegs moves
    slowly through small waves

  3. Hi All

    A late immature male/female CERULEAN WARBLER was observed by Jim Wells and I at the park this morning along the drive on the east side of the road opposite the parking lot in the picnic area. The bird however did not stick around and was lost in the mangroves!! A total of 67 species were seen by us in 3:45 minutes of birding in the park, as shorebirds were few due to the low tide and not covering their habitat! Other birds of note:

    Cooper’s Hawk 1
    Merlin 1
    Eastern Wood-Pewee 1
    Great Crested Flycatcher 1 (Late here!!, also seen by Gail Deterra)
    Tree Swallow 1
    Barn Swallow 4
    House Wren 1
    Marsh Wren 1
    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 6
    Gray Catbird 10
    Tennessee Warbler 1
    Pine Warbler 3
    Bay-breasted Warbler 2
    Rose-breasted Grosbeak 2
    Indigo Bunting 1
    Painted Bunting 1 (female seen by Gail Deterra et al.)
    Baltimore Oriole 3

    A note to birders is that the pair of Bald Eagles are back at the aerie and the Osprey Trail is closed near the nest, however, the fire lane to the west side near the nest has been opened!! A very good thing as it will prevent from having to double-back to get out to the north end of the trail!!

    Good Birding!!

    Dave Gagne

  4. This afternoon there were a reasonable amount of migrants around in my Kissimmee neighborhood. A female Baltimore Oriole being the best (life bird for me). Here are the highlights:

    Chimney Swift-15
    Belted Kingfisher-1
    Red-eyed Vireo-1
    Tufted Titmouse-2
    Blue-grey Gnatcatcher-30-40
    Veery-2 (life)
    Swainson’s Thrush-1 (life)
    Gray Catbird-12-15
    Chestnut-sided Warbler-1 first fall male
    Magnolia Warbler-1
    Black-throated Blue Warbler-1 male
    Yellow-throated Warbler-1
    Prairie Warbler-2
    Common Yellowthroat-8-10
    Baltimore Oriole-1 Female

    The Teenage Birder
    Kissimmee, FL

  5. Toe called us in the morning to report that Barnes was hopping; after work we decided to give it a try to see what was around. We had a nice variety of migrants in the two hours that we were there; including a Yellow-bellied Flycatcher. The YBFL called a tu-weee call about 5-6 times which is what captured our attention. We followed the call to the top of the elevated boardwalk and started to look for the bird making this call; after looking for about 10 minutes we heard the call really close, we spotted the Flycatcher sitting on an exposed perch on the middle of the tree. We studied the bird for close to twenty minutes at a distance of about 15 feet then it flew up to a tall tree and foraged for a bit on some unidentified small berries, then quickly set up on a perch to catch insects. After having trouble viewing the bird from it’s new perch we decided to bird the rest of the trail. We made our call on the following details noted while studying the bird; first we noted the bird had a yellow throat that blended with it’s cheek which gave it a uniform look. We also noted that the yellow extended down to the birds undertail coverts, back was olive in color as well as some on breast, small bill with pinkish to orangish lower mandible, and a bulky head reminiscent of a Least Flycatcher. These field marks and hearing the call is what we based our ID by, we also took into account that it was a overcast day which eliminated the chance of reflected light casting the yellow coloration which was pretty even from the throat to the undertail.
    We also had a variety of other migrants including 5 Summer and one Scarlet Tanager, 22 Swainson’s Thrush, 2 Gray-cheeked Thrush, and one Veery we also had one great Warbler which was a unexpected Kentucky Warbler that was bouncing around in the leaf litter on the west side of the boardwalk. We have not had a day like this one in quite some time, if it was this good in Miami we can’t even start to think about what it looked like in the Keys as lots of birds should have been around. Looking at others post from the west coast to Cape Fl. it seems as if everyone had a killer birding day.

    We also birded FIU in the morning before work and saw about the same warblers but in much bigger numbers; we estimated seeing 150-175 warblers including a male Golden-winged Warbler in the Nature Preserve right before the rain.

    Here is our list from Barnes, we birded from 5:15 to 7:15 p.m.


    Chimney Swift


    Eastern Wood-Pewee (1 @ Barnes) (2 @ FIU)
    Yellow-bellied Flycatcher


    White-eyed Vireo
    Yellow-throated (2 @ FIU)
    Red-eyed Vireo


    Bank (~15 @ FIU)
    Barn (~30 @ FIU)

    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Lots everywhere)


    Gray-cheeked (1 @ FIU)


    Golden-winged (seen @ FIU earlier in the day)
    Tennessee (4) (8 @ FIU)
    Northern Parula
    Chestnut-sided (1)
    Magnolia (2) (we had 7 @ FIU)
    Black and White
    Black-throated Blue
    Blackburnian (2)
    Kentucky (1)
    Ovenbird (4)
    Louisiana Waterthrush
    Northern Waterthrush (4 @ FIU)
    Common Yellow-throat
    American Redstart





    Nature & Migration is Awesome
    Angel & Mariel

  6. Carolina Wren
    singing to the morning sun
    autumn sonata


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