Posted by: NatureIsAwesome | March 29, 2010 @ 3:02 am

Possibility of a FALL-OUT in the morning…

03/29/10 - click on image for animation

This capture is from 5:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Major storms headed our way coupled with high densities showing up on radar could only mean one thing; BIRDS!

Judging by the weather and wind pattern for the last four hours conditions are set up for a springtime cold front migrant fall-out. Birds took to the wing a little after 9 p.m. and appeared on the radar flying north over the FL straights headed in a northwesterly direction. As the fronts pushes southeast a very defined line of thunderstorms has come between the birds and their destination; as of 1 a.m. the birds have taken evasive maneuver and have changed their trajectory and are now headed NE at a high rate of speed.
Given the speeds of the returns on the radar we would say that the movement consist of a mixed crowd. Shorebirds are definitely on the move given the recent reports including an awesome sighting of a Bar-tailed Godwit in Flamingo, keep an eye out for new arrivals at places along the coast from Flamingo to Ft. Laurderdale. Cutler Wetlands may be worth a check in the morning as this spot has great potential for a massive influx of birds.
All migrant hot-spots in Miami Dade should be checked if reports of numbers come in during the early hours of the day. The birds seem to have no choice but to land, there is always the possibility that these birds figure out a way around the storms and continue north; lets wait and see.
Be sure to report your sightings so we can all learn more about weather and migrating birds, these are the conditions we all wait for in the spring for a major influx of springtime goodies.

Nature is Awesome
Angel & Mariel


  1. Awesome to visit Badbirdz – so happy you guys are still at it!

    Started checking my yard (Cauley Square – Goulds) since early. Winds were strong and conditions drizzly made for difficult birding.

    Just 30 mins ago, about 9:45 stopped raining and sudden shine – the fist thing I heard was a Louisiana Waterthrush in the puddle out my back window. The bird was easily visible, working the muddy edges.
    A “pik-i-tuk” had me look up the fruiting Loquats where a female Summer Tanager poked nervously at ripe fruit.
    I can tell you these birds were not here yesterday.
    A quick feeding flock passed-by including a handful of Parulas, Black and Whites, Gnatcatchers, Palms and Prairies.
    As the storm dissipates, I’ll continues monitoring.
    Natureisawesome Indeed!

  2. At Sanibel Lighthouse we had a “mini” fall out around 9:30 or so of many n. parulas, palms, white eyed vireos, a few kingbirds, a couple of hummingbirds, at least one prothonotary, blue headed vireo, red eyed vireo, a few indigos and blue grosbeaks, and probably other things. There were many tree and some barn and roughwinged swallows and at least 200 plus purple martins. The martins were just sitting on wires resting for awhile. Julie Long


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