Posted by: NatureIsAwesome | October 20, 2009 @ 6:18 am

Little Movement from the North; Exodus out of Miami

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

Not much moving in the northern portions of the state. The most activity was noted on the Miami radar as birds entered and flew over the area. A nice exodus took place out of Miami probably leaving us dry; Key West on the other hand seemed to have more coming in than leaving. The Keys look like the best place to bird today in Florida, if anyone is down there we would love to hear from you. Miami radar did pick up some late morning movement and we suspect they could be slow flyers such as Catbirds, Palms, Yellow-rumps and some winter migrants.
The Carolinas were showing some really nice movement of short distance migrants, if you look at the SE radar you can see the slow movements of these radar signatures. There is a weak front that may not make it down here but the forecast calls for a weak front on Sunday or Monday to bring some moisture down our way. Bummer; this may bring some of those birds down here though. Have a good day and enjoy the last of the cool/dry weather before the humidity makes it down.

Nature is Awesome,
Angel and Mariel


  1. I birded AD Barnes this afternoon while waiting for a new catalytic converter to not be installed in my car. Had a FOF Eastern Phoebe, plus seven species of warblers: Parula, Magnolia, Yellow-throated, Pine, Prairie, Black-and-white and Redstart. No sign of anything resembling a Black-faced Grassquit.

  2. Today’s banding numbers at Cape Florida were similar to yesterday: 48 new birds banded. No recaptures, so there is good turnover every night. Still a lot of catbirds and more black-throated blues than yesterday. Yesterday’s common yellowthroats and redstarts seemed to have moved on; a lot less around. Several black & whites and magnolias were banded, and quite a few painted buntings were heard but not mistnetted.
    Bird of the day was a marsh wren; the first one we’ve ever banded at Cape Florida! I think a merlin may have ‘encouraged’ it to drop down into the hammock where the nets are.


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