Posted by: NatureIsAwesome | October 22, 2009 @ 6:07 am

Fall Migration Winding Down

This is the radar from 6:00pm last night to 5:30am 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 another slow night of migration as can be seen on the radar images. The Jacksonville radar by far showed the most activity, birds were coming in from the Carolinas and Georgia. Tallahassee radar was picking up birds that seem to be making their way in from Jacksonville. The panhandle did show some movement into the region with most of the activity looking like that of short distance migrants. Birds were also moving south into Taylor, Suwannee, Lafayette, Dixie and Levy Counties as well. Some east to west movement was seen on the radar from Merritt to the west coast last night. The Merritt area seemed to have had some incoming birds last night; hopefully some new faces will be around for you to enjoy today. These birds seem to be making short flights every night and are expected to be winter migrants. Birds may not be moving further south into the southern portions of Florida in any quantities yet but maybe this weekend as a weak front moves in we will see some of these goodies. Lots of Catbirds, Palm, Yellow-rumped Warblers as well as Sapsuckers, Wrens and Sparrows seem to be showing up around the State lately. Waterfowl are on their south along with Raptors but it has been rather slow this year, no big numbers have been reported yet. Wish the Hawkwatch in the Keys was up and running; they were forced cut the program as the budget did not allow for the continuation of the project this year. For birders in the northern portions of the State be on the lookout for uncommon Hummingbirds as they start to show up during this time of year.
Have a great day and enjoy the birding.

Nature is Awesome,
Angel and Mariel


  1. Hi All,

    So far, as of right now I have had 15 Broad-winged Hawks this moming migrating in off the Gulf here in Holiday, Pasco County,with the 20+ east winds. Anyone in Pasco or Pinellas should be on the lookout for these migrants!!! All these birds were immatures,

    Dave Gagne

  2. Baird’s Sandpiper @ Crandon Beach

    Low tide this morning and strong winds the last 3 days, so I was there at dawn. The Baird’s was last seen along the high-water mark just north of lifeguard shack #10. It was associating with 3 Semi Plovers. I don t know where it flew to, since both sandcrawlers (big machines that pick up sand, and drop it back again: brilliant!) came by and made several passes. The big one started to fill in the creek in the sand that formed from all the rain we had, and this is exactly where the sandpiper was seen last! AAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!! On top of that, there was an army of idiots walking up and down the beach that, although they could walk 20 feet farther away from the water and not disturb the birds, decided they HAD to walk right over the birds so they could see them fly (as Daffy Duck said: shoot me now!). The entire flock of birds in that area, which included over 100 B-B Plovers, SB Dowitchers, Sanderlings, and others, must have been flushed over 10 times while I was there. No sign of any AMGP or Red Knots, but I did have a Common Tern make a landing for a short while.

  3. Had my FOS Sharp-shinned Hawk circling over my house today.

    The Teenage Birder
    Kissimmee, FL


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