Posted by: NatureIsAwesome | November 2, 2009 @ 2:39 pm

Here Come the Winter Migrants

This is the radar from 6:00pm last night to 12:30pm today.

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

The front is lingering over Central Florida and with a high pressure ridge pushing on the front we expect it to continue on it’s slow path to the south. Look for NE winds as the front moves south setting up the nights for good migration conditions.

Migrants were definitely moving last night as can been seen on the radar. Birds could be seen moving into Florida via GA and AL moving south into the panhandle and St. Pete radar. Jacksonville radar had lots of activity as did the Melbourne radar. Miami radar showed what looked like a lot of movement overhead during the middle of the night with most of it dropping in the early hours of the morning. The Keys had a nice influx of migrants this morning, we would love to hear from KW birders to see what landed. Some birds were off to the straights as well as the Indies. Pass by and share your sightings as this site works best as a collaborative effort.

Nature is Awesome,
Angel and Mariel

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  1. A little something today after nothing all weekend at Cape Florida. 26 birds banded including Hooded warbler and FOS myrtle warbler. There was some flight at sunrise out there: northern parulas, redstarts, black-throated blues, palm warblers and myrtles were most of it, with a few straggler bobolinks. Both dark and light phase red-tails circling overhead when I was leaving.
    Not a lot of other winter birds yet; no phoebes, orange-crowned warblers, blue-headed vireos, sapsuckers or sparrows. A couple of house wrens around; that’s all. Plus it was yet another clear scorcher of a day.


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