Posted by: NatureIsAwesome | November 6, 2009 @ 6:30 am

Jacksonville Radar was Rocking; Go Bird!

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

Migrants were on the move last night ahead of the high pressure system building in the Appalachians. Birds could be seen on radar entering Florida mostly through Jacksonville and making their way down into the Melbourne, St. Pete and Miami radars. A nice influx of birds was noted on the Jacksonville radar coming in last night. Central Florida seems to have gotten some birds as well. Miami also had an influx of birds this morning; birds were coming in as of late morning. Winds have picked up and temps have dropped a bit which makes for nice cool weather but the winds really suck. During the weekend winds may increase making birding harder. The winds offshore are in favor for sea watching as you can see from Roberto’s report of a Sabine’s Gull. Get out there and look Scoters, Loons, and Sea Ducks as they should be on the move. Some activity was noted hugging the coast from S. Carolina into Jacksonville that very well may be ducks on the move; check it out on the SE mosaic. Have a great weekend and don’t forget to pass by and post your sightings.

Nature is Awesome,
Angel and Mariel


  1. After seeing the wind pick up to 20-25 kts and gusting yesterday afternoon, I decided to do a sea watch after work. I went to Virginia Key and walked along the shore to the easternmost area facing the range markers offshore. The first bird was a large duck flying south just before I was set up, then shortly afterward a Pomarine Jaeger also flew south. Later a flock of about 15 distant ducks went unidentified. Northern Gannets were constantly flying south along the reef, and a few Laughing Gulls flew just off the beach heading north slowly against the strong NE winds.

    I noticed a single gull, considerably smaller than a laughing, flying north by itself in the direction of Fisher Island that caught my attention in the binocs. Unlike the laughings, this one was flying very gracefully, almost enjoying the strong winds. I quickly put the scope on it and got excellent looks. The wings had the distinct black bar from the bend to the wingtips on the leading edge, and with the gray back showing the distinctive pattern of a Sabine’s. The bird is a nonbreeding adult.

    If anyone knows a gull hangout in the southern Miami Beach area near Government Cut, this would be the place to check.

    With strong winds the next 5 days, coupled with the time of year, this is the time to check the coast. I plan on being out there again Monday before work. I went there this afternoon hoping to see a Scoter, and found a Sabine’s Gull instead. I hate when that happens!

  2. This morning (Sunday, 11-8)), even the resident Blue Jays and Squirrels were scarce at Abercrombie Park, perhaps they sense the storm. One very dark blue Blue-gray Gnatcatcher was buzzing around. But I noticed a persimmon tree that I had not seen before in the park.

    unenlightened, the
    November persimmon is
    still firmly attached

  3. Hi All,

    Saturday’s strong northeast winds produced a good raptor flight in the 6 hours that I was observing yesterday as 9 species were detected moving along the gulf here in Holiday.

    Blac Vulture 12
    Turkey Vulture 32
    Osprey 4
    Bald Eagle 3 (1 adult)
    Northern Harrier 12!!!! (ALL but 1 before 9:30)
    Sharp-shinned Hawk 3
    Cooper’s Hawk 3
    Short-tailed Hawk 1 (dark morph)
    Red-tailed Hawk 1

    All these birds were moving south except the Ospreys, eagles and vultures.

    Other species of note seen:

    Northern Shoveler 1
    Lesser Scaup 10
    Hooded Merganser 18
    Common Loon 2
    Tree Swallow 1
    Yellow-rumped Warbler 45
    Palm Warbler 12

    Good Birding!!
    Dave Gagne


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