Posted by: NatureIsAwesome | October 6, 2009 @ 7:30 am

East Coast Movement

This is the radar from 6:00pm last night to 7:00am 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

Some migration occurred last night through out most of the state, birds were moving in a general NW – SE direction. Winds over the panhandle were coming from the west and also NW helping migrants fly south through Florida. All radars across the state had migrants moving through with the heaviest action on the east coast. Some showers were out this morning which may have brought down some birds.
There were some showers near Cape FL during the early morning hours, we are wondering if weather may have dropped some birds on you guys over there. Miami seems to have gotten a small influx of birds; with SSW winds during the morning hours we expect coastal locations to be best.
Migrants seem to have moved across the panhandle and into the Jacksonville radar then continuing their journey south along the east coast. There were some small showers out over the Melbourne and Merritt area but they were early in the night and therefore they may have not gotten in the way of migrants. Migrants may be around along the east coast at tried and true migrant traps.
With the next front we should see a good push of migrants including early winter migrants that will be making their way south. Raptors should be riding thermals south so be on the lookout; is anyone doing their own Hawkwatch? If so we would love to hear from you as we have not seen many reports of migrant raptors.
Last night we watched the moon for twenty five minutes at midnight till the clouds came over and covered the moon; we had six birds move through the moon and some bats as well, pretty cool.

Come back and report what you are seeing out there as the site works best when it is a collaborative effort.

Nature is Awesome,
Angel and Mariel



  1. Another slow one at Cape Florida: 16 new birds banded and 10 recaptured, so it’s mostly the same birds that have been there all week. Banding highlight was a yellow-throated vireo. Bobolinks had a noticeable morning flight, however, and some palm warblers came in.

  2. Still have a decent amount of migrants comin in/hangin out.
    Birded for about 30 mins mostly near the youth camp.

    Tennessee – 2
    Redstarts – 4
    Black-throated Blue – 2
    Blackpoll – 1
    Prairie – 2
    Black-and-white – 3
    Yellow-throated – 3
    Scarlet Tanager – 1
    Summer Tanager – 2
    Baltimore Oriole – 1
    E. Phoebe – 1 (first of the fall)
    Peregrine Falcon – 1

    Michael Baranski

  3. This morning, the Yellow-headed Blackbird returned on cue as Lorraine pulled out her cart to fill the bird feeders @ 11:30 AM. He has yet to return as of 12:45 PM, but was around all day yesterday, seen at least 4 times between 10:30 AM and 4:45 PM. A half hour walk around the Mangrove Bay Neighborhood produced lots of Palm Warblers and little else.

    13) Palm Warbler
    3) Black-and-White Warbler
    1) Black-throated Blue Warbler ( female )
    4) Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
    1) Yellow-headed Blackbird

    Don Margeson

  4. All,

    Had just a short time to bird this morning but had one good find at least. Heard what I was certain was a calling Sedge Wren in the vegetation around Lake Flynn (the lake in the middle of the ELAPP property). While I was pretty certain of the calls I was hearing, finally after much pishing and a little extra patience I had a good look at one of the wrens when it popped up and was even able to get a very blurry distant picture. There were at least two calling birds but possibly 3 to 4. I just wasn’t able to ascertain for sure.

    The other two wrens were of course Carolina and House Wrens. The only other notable find was a fly over Rose-breasted Grosbeak along with a handful of warbler calls, at various locations, that could not be identified.

    The rest of the list from my short walk is below.

    Location: Violet Cury ELAPP
    Observation date: 10/6/09
    Notes: 2075 steps = approx. 1.35 miles
    Number of species: 30

    Wood Duck 3
    Mallard 3
    Little Blue Heron 1
    White Ibis 2
    Red-shouldered Hawk 2
    Sandhill Crane 1
    Mourning Dove 4
    Belted Kingfisher 1
    Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
    Downy Woodpecker 2
    White-eyed Vireo 4
    Blue Jay 6
    Fish Crow 10
    Tufted Titmouse 10
    Carolina Wren 6
    House Wren 2
    Sedge Wren 2
    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 6
    Gray Catbird 2
    Northern Mockingbird 2
    Brown Thrasher 1
    Pine Warbler 2
    Ovenbird 4
    Common Yellowthroat 6
    Eastern Towhee 2
    Northern Cardinal 8
    Rose-breasted Grosbeak 1
    Red-winged Blackbird X
    Common Grackle 25
    Boat-tailed Grackle X

    This report was generated automatically by eBird v2(

    Jason Guerard

  5. Hello,

    I went out to the salt marsh along Pasco coast at high tide this afternoon around 3:00pm.
    F.O.S. Sedge Wrens, Virgina Rails, and Sora Rails were seen or heard calling.

    Ken Tracey


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