Posted by: NatureIsAwesome | March 29, 2010 @ 10:04 am

Front Halts Birds In Their Tracks

This is the radar from 5:00pm last night to 9:30am 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

Spring migration truly does offer a birder the best chances off seeing a true fall-out. Whether you love all species of birds or are fascinated by a particular family of birds, the possibility of showing up on a hunch to a migrant trap and finding the gold pot at the end of the rainbow sounds like a birders dream. Today can be one of those days as last night birds were on their way north when they were met with the storm squalls associated with the front that is over us right now. Migrants should have dropped down as the storms were too violent for a songbird to fly through as for shorebirds and waders they may have been able to fly further.
As the storms came across the birds path they seem to have dropped down and concentrations can be possible anywhere in the county. Southwest winds are currently blowing over Miami which may have concentrated birds along the eastern coast making migrant traps from Key Largo to Ft. Lauderdale your best chances of finding that gold pot. Some interesting returns in high densities were visible after sunrise in the Key Biscayne area but could have easily continued north with the swift winds. Birds could be getting blown onto beaches along the Atlantic, check the mangroves for new arrivals that have may have been blown over and are making their way back to land.
Please post your sightings as this is a great learning experience for all of us. Your sightings are instrumental in making all this radar stuff make sense. Hope to hear from you all soon.

Nature is Awesome,
Angel and Mariel


  1. Migration on Pine Island:from St. James City, just south of the water-filled flats

    Northern Shoveler – 2 beautiful males

    Blue-winged Teal – 37

  2. I eagerly checked the coastal hammock at the Palmetto Bay Village Center both at 8:00AM and again at 6:00PM. I did not spent more than 10 minutes on either visit, but there was no obvious fallout. In fact I only saw 3 Palm Warblers blowing in the treetops.

  3. A fallout of 110 Hooded Warblers at Fort DeSoto Beach, also Barn Swallows , WE Vireos, and Prothonotary Warblers. The Brown-crested Flycatcher is still at Ft DeSoto. John Chesnut Park in Palm Harbor, Pinellas County, Florida had a great fallout also with Hooded Warblers, Prothontary Warblers, White-eyed Vireos, and an increasing number of Northern Parulas. Also Purple Martins, Barn Swallows, and Chimney Swifts, along with a Swallow-tailed Kite seen at JCP.

  4. Hey everyone,

    I just thought that I would chime in on this species, too. I saw my FOS Chimney Swift over the intersection of Central and Shine in Downtown Orlando this evening (3/29/10) at about 6:45 PM.

    Good birding,
    John Thomton

  5. Birded Pinecraft Park after work today in hopes that the storm and the wind would bring in some birds.

    Hooded , Worm-eating, Prothonotary, Palm, Black & White, Yellow -Rumped Warblers, Ovenbird, Louisiana Waterthrush, Parula, (more warblers) ; Red-Eyed, Blue-Headed, White-Eyed Vireos, Summer Tanager and Hermit Thrush.

    it’s a start!

    Jeff Fisher


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