Posted by: NatureIsAwesome | March 28, 2010 @ 7:24 am

Northbound Migration in Florida

This is the radar from 5:00pm last night to 7:00am 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

Last night there was a small group of birds that flew into the straights and made it to the Keys and beyond. The returns that were picked up flew on past the Keys and probably headed to the Sanibel/Ten Thousand Island coast. We would love to hear from you birders on the west coast, let us know of any migrant activity. The west coast will have the best chances at seeing bigger and more diverse groups as the winds were in your favor last night.
Miami radar had some outbound activity early into the night, with an east wind birds were pushed northwest as you can see on the reflectivity radar. Along with the exodus out of the Miami area another group of migrants seems to have made into the area before 5 a.m. With east winds persisting the best spots will be inland migrant hot spots such as AD Barnes, Kendall Indian Hammock, Checkika etc.
Further up the state birds were on the move shortly after the sunset and can be seen heading north into Georgia. All in all there wasn’t any huge movement of spring migrants into the state but birds were on the move around the state as they make their way back north.

Please post your sightings by clicking on the leave a comment link just below and to the right of this message.

Nature is Awesome,
Angel and Mariel


  1. I am on Sanibel and have been birding at the light house almost every day. Do you want me to forward my ebird reports to you for the last few weeks or days. Julie Long, actually from st charles, il, but on Sanibel from March 6 to april 14 this year.PS I did have a gray kingbird and a lot of cedar waxwings tonight before the storm. Nothing else new.

  2. I have a home in Old Town, FL (Dixie County) as well as Big Pine Key. While north last week I saw something I have never seen. A flock which I estimated at 75-100 birds, Little Blue Herons, came in after dusk and settled into the sawgrass of our natural pond/marsh. Too dark to photograph. I was up pre dawn to see them leave and still missed them. It seems to be a very unusual sighting. We have blebirds bilding nests andscores of all kinds of warblers passing from day to day. Amazing stuff!

  3. Hello,

    On a late visit to the Gulf Harbors Gulf Course(Google 28.235,-82.750) this evening I located 2 Semiplamated Sandpipers in one of the Sandpiper flocks that flew in. Also found several Stilt and one Pectoral Sandpipers.

    Ken Tracey

  4. Saw and heard 4 Least Terns close to pavillion 15 near East Beach.

    Rocky Milburn


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