Posted by: NatureIsAwesome | October 14, 2009 @ 6:28 pm

Birds Moving Through Florida

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

Hey birders our apologies for not posting the last couple of days but we have been in the ICU. We hope that everyone will still pass by and report their sightings. Hope you all understand why there is no interpretations. Looks like birds were moving ahead of the front; get ready from today to the next several days we may have a big influx of birds due to the strong front making it’s way into Florida.

Nature is Awesome,
Angel and Mariel



  1. Today in Kissimmee i had a few migrants. Birding was tough, however this was probably due to a guy cutting grass right in my migrant spot. I had only five species of warbler, but did get a pair of male Painted Buntings (Life bird) WOW!

    Heres tonights list:

    Chimney Swift- 1
    Eastern Wood-Pewee- 1 (Heard and seen briefly)
    Least Flycatcher- 1?
    Eastern Phoebe- Heard
    White-eyed Vireo- 1
    House Wren- 1
    Blue-grey Gnatcatcher- 10+
    Swainson’s Thrush- 1
    Grey Catbird- 15+
    Palm Warbler- 20+
    Ovenbird- 2
    Northern Waterthrush- Heard
    Common Yellowthroat- 25+
    American Redstart- 5
    Painted Bunting- 2 Both Males

    I have a little uncertainty with the Least Flycatcher. Could someone please confirm my sighting.

    The bird was a fairly smallish looking empid with a large looking head. The bill was hard to judge in size but looked kind of smallish. It had a greyish back with no olive and it flicked its wings alot. This flicking wings was quite fast and constant. It never called.

    Does this sound like a Least Flycatcher? (do they flick their wings?)

    Please Help

    Matt O’Sullivan
    Kissimmee, FL

  2. Hey Matt

    Your Empid sounds like a Least; your description of it’s behavior fits Least best, they often flick their tails and wings. Good job documenting the behavior which often helps with Flycatchers.

    Nature is Awesome
    Angel & Mariel


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