Posted by: NatureIsAwesome | October 21, 2009 @ 6:48 am

Wednesday Radar

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

Last night was a rather quiet night for Florida with the exception of Jacksonville to Tallahassee and a bit south. A nice influx of migrants came in late morning into the area. All migrant traps between JAX and TAL should have some new faces today. Some rain came in out of the Atlantic and may have concentrated birds around Flagler County, if anyone birds up there please let us know what you see today. The rest of the state looked pretty dead on the radar, birds seem to be making short distance flights now and we expect much of the new birds around to be winter migrants. North winds over Jacksonville may spark some nice Raptor movement down the coast from the Carolinas. Birds are on the way down the coast and inland in NC, SC, and GA; a weak front this weekend may encourage these birds to make their way south. Have a good day and enjoy the end of the fall migration.

Nature is Awesome,
Angel and Mariel


  1. I had the pleasure of leading 14-members of the Audubon Society of the Everglades on a tour of the keys. I thought that with all of the hot steamy weather that we had in the last few days, that it would not be that great of a trip. We were all pleasantly surprised that a strong cold front made it down, we had excellent weather with tons of birds. I decided that we should go to Key West because of the front, I knew that there would be a lot of birds there. We were only going to do the middle keys and then bird northward along the way. I am glad that the group decided to go with my plan of heading to Key West. Fort Zachary Taylor was the place to be and we were there!
    We arrived at about 9:00 a.m., we had birds everywhere, it was a fallout! We had only a half a day to bird but were not disappointed in the large numbers of all kinds of birds. We had 13-species of warbler and numerous other migrants with lots of raptors.
    A trip report can be see here:

    It was a wonderful half day of birding that I wish was a full day, oh well, it was good while it lasted. Carl Goodrich was able to stay out until dark and can up with 19-species of warbler!

    Larry Manfredi

  2. I did a bird survey at Pelican Island NWR on Sat 10/17, and found 91 species on the refuge. I probably covered about 8 miles by all-terrain vehicle, and some areas are off limits to the public. Many of the birds were seen on the two impoundment trails and the northern parking area where the Fork-tailed Flycatcher was last year. Here are most of the highlights:

    American White Pelican- 5
    Least Bittern- 1
    Reddish Egret- 1
    Roseate Spoonbill- 2
    Gadwall- 1
    Merlin- 3
    Peregrine Falcon- 7
    Sora- 3
    Yellow-billed Cuckoo- 7
    Chuck-will’s-widow- 1
    Eastern Wood-Pewee- 7
    Eastern Phoebe- 3
    Yellow-throated Vireo- 1
    Red-eyed Vireo- 9
    Northern Rough-winged Swallow- 1
    Sedge Wren- 1
    Marsh Wren- 2
    Swainson’s Thrush- 2
    Wood Thrush- 3
    Northern Parula- 29
    Yellow Warbler- 1
    Chestnut-sided Warbler- 2
    Magnolia Warbler- 3
    Cape May Warbler- 7
    Black-throated Blue Warbler- 35
    Black-throated Green Warbler- 7
    Blackburnian Warbler- 2
    Yellow-throated Warbler- 3
    Pine Warbler- 1
    Prairie Warbler- 7
    Palm Warbler- 80
    Bay-breasted Warbler- 1
    Black-and-white Warbler- 27
    American Redstart- 20
    Ovenbird- 8
    Northern Waterthrush- 16
    Common Yellowthroat- 233
    Hooded Warbler- 2
    Summer Tanager- 1
    Scarlet Tanager- 2
    Clay-colored Sparrow- 1
    Rose-breasted Grosbeak- 25
    Blue Grosbeak- 3
    Indigo Bunting- 33
    Painted Bunting- 4
    Bobolink- 4

    On my way home I saw a Broad-winged Hawk near Sebastian Inlet State Park, where a few have wintered over the past several years.

    Good Birding,
    Andy Bankert

  3. In preparation for the Field Trips I will be leading on Friday Oct. 23rd and Saturday Oct. 24th, in conjunction with the 2009 Florida Audubon Assembly, I scouted Roosevelt Wetlands today from 9:15-10:45 AM. While I missed some of the expected birds like Limpkin, Killdeer, Wilson’s Snipe and Least Bittern, I found a good variety of Raptors and a few migrant passerines. I’m hoping that strong NE winds will continue to bring in more birds. What I found today is listed below. The highlight was a first fall Northern Harrier that put on an acrobatic show for 25 minutes. I hope it shows on Friday and Saturday.

    2) Mallard x Mottled Hybrid
    11) Double-crested Cormorant
    3) Anhinga
    2) Great Blue Heron
    2) Great Egret
    1) Snowy Egret
    6) Little Blue Heron
    3) Tricolored Heron
    36) Cattle Egret
    5) White Ibis
    1) Black Vulture
    2) Turkey Vulture
    3) Osprey
    1) Bald Eagle ( first fall )
    1) Northern Harrier ( first fall )
    1) Sharp-shinned Hawk ( adult female )
    1) Red-shouldered Hawk ( heard only )
    1) Red-tailed Hawk
    1) American Kestrel ( adult male )
    65) Common Moorhen
    5) American Coot
    200+) Laughing Gull
    5) Rock Dove
    1) Eurasian Collared-Dove
    1) Red-bellied Woodpecker
    3) Loggerhead Shrike
    2) Blue Jay
    7) Fish Crow
    2) Tree Swallow
    2) Marsh Wren
    2) Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
    1) Gray Catbird
    3) Northern Mockingbird
    12) European Starling
    2) Yellow-rumped Warbler
    14) Palm Warbler
    5) Common Yellowthroat
    1) Swamp Sparrow
    13) Red-winged Blackbird
    8) Common grackle
    11) Boat-tailed Grackle
    4) Brown-headed Cowbird
    5) House Finch

    Don Margeson

  4. Strong Easterly winds (20 to 25 knts) drew me to Playalinda to look for
    seabirds this afternoon. The conditions were windy and cloudy with
    intermittent rain. The best bird I found was on the way out to the beach. As I
    was driving past Biolab I saw several large groups of shorebirds flying over the
    marsh so I turned in to take a look. In about the same area that Tom
    Dunkerton found some White-rumps earlier this fall there was a nice mixed
    group of shorebirds. I found a late Pectoral, Westerns, Red Knots etc. I was
    about to pack up and head back toward the beach when I noticed two White-
    rumps and then right behind them a juv. Baird’s Sandpiper (plain faced, strait
    bill, breast band higher up with a cleaner demarcation than on W-r , clean
    white flanks and more attenuated look than W-r.). I’m assuming it was a juv.,
    but the scaly look on the back wasn’t as pronounced as what I’ve seen in the
    past. I tried to take pics, but the conditions were bad. After I look over the
    pics I’ll post one if any turned out. Long-winged peeps were the last type of
    shorebird I would have expected out there this time of year.
    On the beach road at the sign to lot 7 I found a juv. White-crowned Sparrow
    working the side of the road.

    I scoped for seabirds from the cross-over at Lot 4 from 5:00 to 6:30 and
    found a great mix of tropical and Northern birds.

    Here’s a list of the highlights;

    Masked Booby…1 juv
    Brown Noddy…7 these birds were following the Booby and at first I thought
    they were small Jaegers. Seems late, I had given up on seeing one this year.
    N. Gannets….40+ One adult and the rest juv. (no sub-adults)
    Cory’s Shearwater…1
    Pomarine Jaeger…7
    Parasitc Jaeger…17 some of these could have also been Poms, but none were
    Long-taileds. To much white in the upper-wing primaries.
    Peregrine Falcon…1

    Good Birding,
    Mitchell Harris

  5. Hi All,

    A rather slow day today compared to the last several days as few migrants were observed. The ighlights were few as you can tell:

    Northern Harrier 2
    Sharp-shinned Hawk 1
    Red-tailed Hawk 2
    Red-shouldered Hawk 1
    Bald Eagle 2 adults (Locals)
    No. Rough-winged Swallow1
    Palm Warblerr 20
    Inigo Bunting 8

    Still with a minimal amount of migrants, a total of 47 species were seen here today and there was ZERO(0) migrants heard between 6:00 AM until dawn despite the light northeast wind. The day went slow as the wind really picked up out of the northeast at around 11:00 AM, however, that did not produce any significant pelican, raptor movement!!

    Good Birding!!!

    Dave Gagne

  6. Hello,

    I was surprised to find a Grasshopper Sparrow in the Needle Rush marsh in West Pasco today when this one jumped up. I did have to go full optical and full digital zoom to get this photo, so it is very grainy. Although Ammodramus sparrows winter in this marsh I guess other migranting A. should be expected there also.

    Other birds;
    3 Indigo Buntings
    1 Northern Harrier
    1 Merlin (caught a N. Mockingbird flying over my head!)
    Numerous Marsh and Sedge Wrens
    Clapper & Virginia Rails
    2 Swamp Sparrow

    Ken Tracey


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