Posted by: NatureIsAwesome | October 16, 2009 @ 7:02 am

As The Front Rolls In…

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

Please be aware that the Miami radar had some time gaps missing due to the radar going out.

Last night birds were on the move before the storms came rolling in. Jacksonville radar shows what appeared to be a nice influx of birds riding the strong front on it’s way into Florida. Rain may have caused birds to drop into the area of Jacksonville and surrounding areas to the south. Heading west into the Tallahassee and the panhandle birds were moving before migration was shut down by the same weather system. Again it seems as if these birds dropped out of radar range and took cover in the area. New faces should be around today, hope to hear from some birders from the area to see if this is true. Through out most of the state birds seem reluctant to move with the storms moving south. Radars from St. Pete and Melbourne were really quite last night.
Miami radar was on and off making it hard to decipher what was going on. What was evident was the large exodus to Cuba and the Caribbean, birds were really on the move south last night. We don’t expect to many new birds around today; the migrants that are around will most probably have been around for a few days. Last night’s big push south may have sparked the Yellow-bellied Flycatcher @ Matheson to move on, sorry to those who missed it down here.
Have a great day and be on the look out for western birds this weekend. A westerly component is carrying lots of birds into Florida that would normally migrate through MS, LA and TX. One or two western rarities to our state will most probably be riding this front, you never know what will show up during times like this.

Nature is Awesome,
Angel and Mariel



  1. Yup, everybody left Cape Florida with very little incoming.

  2. Sorry for the late post. I did a half hour walk through the Mangrove Bay Neighborhood right after the morning rains from 10:15-10:45 AM. Most of the birds were in hiding or had moved out from yesterday, except the Palm Warblers. I was to busy to post this afternoon but this evening in and around the rain bands is when we saw the coolest action from our 4th floor deck. Of course my camera was inside because of the wind and rain. Around 5:30 PM an adult Broad-winged Hawk flew low over the deck into an the neighbor’s yard two doors down. Around 6:00 PM the female adult Bald Eagle from the Placido Bayou nesting pair pursued a Peregrine Falcon flying from west to east toward the outlet of the Weedon channel. Strangely enough I had my first of fall Peregrine following the exact same route about a week ago. At about 6:15 PM the adult Broad-winged Hawk flew over the deck again, heading east to west, leisurely pursued by an adult female Northern Harrier. At around 6:30 PM the adult female Merlin dived into a flock of Common grackles headed to the 74th Ave. NE Roost site, seconds after a Cooper’s Hawk grabbed a COGR in our backyard. Migrants seen in my morning walk are as follows.

    1) Carolina Wren
    4) Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
    1) Tennessee Warbler
    2) Pine Warbler
    1) Prairie Warbler
    1) Yellow-throated Warbler
    41) Palm Warbler
    2) Black-and-White Warbler

    Don Margeson

  3. Hey everyone,

    I had a fun day-before-the-cold-front day of birding at my usual spots. I was licking my wounds a little bit after missing the Swainson’s Warbler at Mead the other day, but today was a great consolation! It wasn’t crazy fallout-type birding, but the diversity was decent, including the subject bird. I arrived at Mead at about 9:00 AM, and Leu at about 12:15. Most of the warbler activity was at Mead, so the warbler numbers pertain to Mead unless otherwise noted:

    Wood Duck
    Pied-Billed Grebe (1 on Lake Sue, seen from Mead)
    Double-Crested Cormorant
    Great Blue Heron
    Great Egret
    Little Blue Heron
    Tricolored Heron
    White Ibis
    Wood Stork
    Turkey Vulture
    Red-Shouldered Hawk
    Mourning Dove
    Chimney Swift
    Ruby-Throated Hummingbird
    Belted Kingfisher
    Red-Bellied Woodpecker
    Downy Woodpecker
    Pileated Woodpecker
    Eastern Wood-Pewee (1, Leu)
    Eastern Phoebe (1, Mead – my FOF)
    White-Eyed Vireo
    Blue-Headed Vireo (1, Mead – my FOF)
    Blue Jay
    Fish Crow
    Tufted Titmouse
    Carolina Wren
    House Wren
    Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher
    Swainson’s Thrush (Mead)
    Gray Catbird
    Northern Mockingbird
    Brown Thrasher
    Golden-Winged Warbler (1, adult male, spotted just after 9 near the wooden bridge near the pond, and re-found around 11:15 near where the Swainson’s Warbler was seen on Wed. It took six of us searching different areas to find him again, but thankfully Brian came up with the bird and we all got great looks!)
    Tennessee Warbler (2)
    Northern Parula (1; 2 at Leu)
    Magnolia Warbler (1 or 2)
    Black-Throated Blue Warbler (1 male)
    Yellow-Throated Warbler (2; 3 at Leu)
    Pine Warbler (8-10)
    Prairie Warbler (1 or 2)
    Palm Warbler (7-8)
    Black-and-White Warbler (2; 2 at Leu)
    American Redstart (2; 4 at Leu)
    Ovenbird (1)
    Common Yellowthroat (2; 1 at Leu)
    Summer Tananger (1, Mead)
    Scarlet Tanager (2, Leu)
    Northern Cardinal
    Indigo Bunting (Mead)
    Red-Winged Blackbird (1 bird singing at Mead, uncommon here)
    Common Grackle
    House Finch

    Also, two River Otters were putting on quite a show just off the lake overlook at Leu Gardens – always a treat!

    Mead Garden (no entrance fee) is located near the intersection of US 17/92 (Orlando Ave.) and Orange Ave. in Winter Park. Nearby Harry P. Leu Botanical Gardens (entrance fee for nonmembers) is located in the northern portion of downtown Orlando near the intersection of US 17/92 (Mills Ave.) and Virginia Ave. Both are in north-central Orange County.

    Good birding,

    John Thomton


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