Posted by: NatureIsAwesome | October 3, 2009 @ 12:40 pm

Moderate Migration Over FL

This is the radar from 6:00pm last night to 11:30am 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

Migration last night was evident on the radar but not as impressive as last week. There was a general N -> S movement across the state; a front seems to be bringing new birds into the state. Tallahassee radar picked up birds entering the radar and moving across the panhandle. St. Pete radar was pretty slow all night with not much in this area; sorry guys. Jacksonville radar had movement for the majority of the night moving south into the Melbourne radar with Miami radar being the next stop for these birds. Birds were on the move into Miami and with south winds over Miami till 5 a.m. birds were slowing their progress out of the area. Winds then shifted to a west wind then WNW helping migrants make into Miami; with it being this late birds decided to land as they really don’t need to hurry in the fall. Birding conditions look great for Miami today; get out and bird.
Key West radar showed a nice movement of migrants coming in from Miami last night, birds did not look like they were heading out over the straights; instead these migrants may be in Key West and the Tortugas. Good luck out there, we only get a short window of time to enjoy these migrants so take advantage and get out there.
Please report your sightings as this site works best as a collaborate effect.

Nature is Awesome,
Angel and Mariel



  1. Momentum has been building this week with migrants, and I had high hopes for today’s TAS bird walk at A.D. Barnes, with leader Bill Boeringer. We were not disappointed! We had 17 warbler species, good numbers of Swainson’s
    Thrushes, Scarlet and Summer Tanagers, Eastern Wood-Pewees, Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, and 5 Vireo species, including 2 Philadelphia and a Warbling. Everywhere we went in the park we had good bird activity. Not fallout
    numbers, but fantastic variety and enough to keep us busy the entire time.

    The Warbling Vireo was seen in the rooster area (there are no roosters any more). After entering the park from 72 Ave. turn left at the stop sign and park in the first spaces on the left side. Walk about 75 feet NW towards a gate. The vireo was in the first trees behind the fence to the west before the gate to the nature trail. One of the Philadephia Vireos was seen towards the north end of the nature trail behind the trailer; the other was in the trees near the lake to the south of the park entrance, just SW from the party shelter.

    Here’s a list of the highlights:

    Warbling Vireo
    Philadelphia Vireo (2!)
    Yellow-throated Vireo (2)
    White-eyed Vireo
    Red-eyed Vireo (many)

    Eastern Wood-Pewee (3-4)
    Swainson’s Thrush (12-15)
    Gray-cheeked Thrush (seen by another birder not with the group)

    Northern Parula (several)
    Tennessee Warbler (15+)
    Chesnut-sided Warbler (3-4, two with chestnut flanks)
    Magnolia Warbler (3)
    Cape May Warbler
    Black-throated Blue Warbler (~10)
    Blackburnian Warbler (2, possible 3rd)
    Prairie Warbler (2)
    Palm Warbler
    Pine Warbler (10-12)
    Yellow-throated Warbler (2)
    Worm-eating Warbler
    Black-and-white Warbler (~5)
    American Redstart (many)
    Ovenbird (~5)
    Northern Waterthrush
    Common Yellowthroat

    Summer Tanager (6-8 or more)
    Scarlet Tanager (ditto)
    Rose-breasted Grosbeak (2)
    Baltimore Oriole (3)

    Definitely a day worthy of a celebratory libation!

  2. Things are tapering off at Cape Florida they way they do after a good movement. No vaccuum cleaner winds to make everybody leave. We had similar species to what Toe reported above, and saw more birds around that we captured, as often happens on sunny days. Yesterday 41 new birds were banded and today only 20 new were banded, but one was a Philly vireo which is probably my fav of the vireos, which is saying a lot because I just really like vireos.

  3. Warblers seen on 10/3/09 at Bill Baggs State Park:

    Tennessee Warbler – 6
    Northern Parula – 3
    Magnolia Warbler – 1
    Black-throated Blue Warbler – 8
    Prairie Warbler – 3
    American Redstart – 2
    Worm-eating Warbler – 1
    Ovenbird – 10
    Northern Waterthrush – 1
    Common Yellowthroat – 6

    Other migrants and birds of interest seen:

    Merlin – 1
    White-crowned Pigeon – 1
    Belted Kingfisher – 1
    Eastern Wood-Pewee – 3
    White-eyed Vireo – 7
    Yellow-throated Vireo – 5
    Red-eyed Vireo – 5
    Barn Swallow – 10
    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher – 15
    Hermit Thrush – 1
    Gray Catbird – 2
    Summer Tanager – 4
    Scarlet Tanager – 3
    Bobolink – heard only

  4. Today in Kissimmee i had to really search for migrants, however i got yet another Chestnut-sided Warbler, 5th in 2 weeks. Here is the fairly short list of migrants i saw:

    White-eyed Vireo- 1 (2-3 more heard)
    Blue-grey Gnatcatcher-10
    Grey Catbird-5
    Chestnut-sided Warbler-1 (1st fall)
    Yellow-throated Warbler-1
    Northern Waterthrush-1
    Common Yellowthroat-7

  5. Thanks to all that posted their sightings on Badbirdz2; we really appreciate it.

    Angel & Mariel

  6. After missing the walk today we decided to still try for the Warbling Vireo, we arrived at Barnes around 5:00 p.m. and started to look for the Vireo. At 5:35 we found a small feeding flock mostly consisting of N. Parula and BG Gnatcatchers, after spending some time observing Tennessee Warblers we found two Vireos side by side gleaming leaves in search of insects for dinner. We had a Warbling and Philadelphia Vireo feeding side by side making for an awesome comparison. The birds were located to the south of the fenced off area south of the elevated boardwalk, the birds were in the small hammock that has a huge bee hive hanging off a oak. Look for the bees and then search the hammock for the bird.
    A special thanks goes out to Toe for alerting us to such a great

    Nature & Migration is Awesome
    Angel & Mariel


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