Posted by: NatureIsAwesome | November 5, 2009 @ 6:04 am

Migrants Heading South into C. Florida

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

Migrants were moving south last night into Florida; Central FL may have been hit by the bulk of the movement. If you look at the SE mosaic the returns are evident into and out of the Jacksonville radar moving south into the central portions of the state. Merritt and Viera may look good today according to the radar images. Tallahassee radar also had an influx of birds as well with most of the returns moving south into the nature coast. A cold snap is going to be evident tonight in the big bend area (40’s!); cool temps will be moving south into the Sun Coast tomorrow.
The weak cold front is still lingering from West Palm southwest to Flamingo causing a sort of blockade for birds. A high wind advisory could be in place for Miami this weekend with winds as high as 30 mph due to a large high pressure system over the Appalachians. A northerly flow will be on tap after tonight when the front moves down to the Keys and fizzles out. We expect more winter migrants to push south with these winds tonight and this weekend.
Miami radar showed lots of rains moving in last night and thus bringing down what birds were left around; yesterday we got skipped in line as birds flew right over us. Key West was quiet with mostly showers moving through; next week rain seems to be on the way as a result of TS Ida or remnant. Expect winds and stormy weather if the storm makes it through the mountain range of Honduras.
From Volusia to Miami there are high winds in the forecast for the coast, be on the lookout for sea ducks, Loons, Scoters and pelagic birds to be pushed in by the 25-30+ knt winds from the NE. This is a great time to find rarities in Florida so be on the lookout for anything different. Good birding to all and enjoy the nice cool weather while it lasts; hate to be a bummer but rain is on its way.

Nature is Awesome,
Angel and Mariel



  1. Another quiet one at Cape Florida with the rain block to the N all night; banded 6 birds. Tomorrow is probably going to be our last day banding for the Fall 2009 season, unless the N winds brewing bring more birds down.
    Still doesn’t feel like winter yet.

  2. Lucky Hammock had only the usual wintering birds this morning (Northern Harrier, Eastern Phoebe, House Wren, Gray Catbird, Painted Bunting); no sparrows were seen. Also slow at Royal Palm, with Northern Parula, Black-throated Blue, Black throated Green, Palm, American Restart and Common Yellowthroat the only warblers seen. A dark-morph Short-tailed Hawk and a Cooper’s Hawk were among the kettling vultures. The rain arrived at noon.

  3. This afternoon flocks of Tufted Titmice, Yellow-rumped Warblers, Palm Warblers, and Pine Warblers filled the trees in Abercrombie Park, St. Petersburg.

    hiding in needles
    feeding Pine Warblers display
    their distinctive tails

  4. Loved it Jeff, you Haiku’s always make our day!

    A & M


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