Posted by: NatureIsAwesome | October 5, 2009 @ 7:58 am

Front Slows Migration Southward

This is the radar from 6:00pm last night to 7:30am 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. Still the residue birds from last week’s movement kicking around Cape Florida; about 20-25 new birds banded a day with 8-10 recaptures. White-eyed vireos, summer tanagers, Swainson’s thrush prevalent.

  2. A day that started very slow at Turkey Creek but bird activity picked up as the morning progressed . By 11:00 AM when I quit the half dozen birders there located 11 species of warblers including a male Golden-Winged along McKinnons Way trail. There may have been additional species the group found after I left.

    Warblers seen in no particular order were:
    Golden-winged (m)
    Black-throated Blue
    Black & White
    Common Yellowthroat

    White-eyed Vireo
    Red-eyed Vireo
    Swainson’s Thrush
    Summer Tanager
    House Wren
    Blue Grosbeak
    Painted Bunting
    Ruby-throated HB
    White-winged Dove
    Brown Thrasher
    BG Gnatcatcher

    Ken LaBorde

  3. Hello Florida Birding Friends,

    At Mead Gardens today, 05 Oct 2009, between 9:45 and 10:45 a.m., I saw three thrush species and two bunting species. Thrushes were: One Veery, one Gray-cheeked and five Swainson’s; Buntings were two Indigos, both females, and three Painteds, two of which were female, the third a male. There was only sparce representation of the total 25 species seen. Complete list is as follows:

    Anhinga – 4 (3 riding a thermal, 1 perched)
    Great Blue Heron – 1
    Great Egret – 2
    Red-shouldered Hawk – 1
    Mourning Dove -1
    Belted Kingfisher – 2
    Red-bellied Woodpecker -1
    Downy Woodpecker -1
    Northern Flicker – 2
    White-eyed Vireo -1
    Red-eyed Vireo -1
    Fish Crow – overhead flight of 25+
    Carolina Wren – 2
    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher – 10+
    Veery – 1
    Gray-cheeked Thrush – 1
    Swainson’s Thrush – 5
    Gray Catbird -1
    Mockingbird -1
    Brown Thrasher -1
    Prairie Warbler – 1
    Summer Tanager – 1
    Northern Cardinal – 10+
    Indigo Bunting – 2 (both female)
    Painted Bunting – 3 (2 female, 1 male

    Dot Freeman

  4. I birded several spots at MINWR this moning (Dummit Cove, Weather Tower
    Rd., Center Rd., and Oak Hammock; The first three are Off S.R.3) and found
    good numbers of certain migrants. I found 11 species of Warblers in small
    numbers the best being a HY Chesnut-sided; it seems like a good fall for

    Here’s a list of the other highlights:
    Rose-breasted Grossbeak…2 the first I’ve had this year.
    Indigo Bunting…100+
    Painted Bunting…2
    Swainson’s Thrush…30
    Gray-cheeked ”
    Baltimore Oriole
    Summer Tanager…15
    Scarlet “….10
    Yellow-billed Cuckoo…5
    E. Wood Pewee…2
    Red-eyed Vireo…75+
    White-eyed “…20
    Yellow-throated ”
    Phladelphia “…2

    This must be a good year for Philadelphia’s; this makes 5 that I have seen this fall. They are normally a fairly rare migrant around here.
    Incidentally, two of the Philly’s that I’ve seen were very light and drab. I thought this was a Spring condition and that all the fall birds were typically bright? I’ve attached two poor pics of the bright Philly (hard to get pics of these woodland birds with a scope and pocket cammera). The drab Philadelphia had me thinking it was a Warbling Vireo.

    Good Birding,
    Mitchell Harris


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