Posted by: NatureIsAwesome | April 12, 2010 @ 6:42 pm

Weather and Birds…

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

Lots of rain over the Keys in the a.m. could have caused birds to drop down down, by the looks of things they came from the east and the south! One wave of birds looks to have taken off from the eastern edge of Cuba or the West Indies as they were picked up on radar flying in from the east. If you look at the KW velocity animation you can see a wave of birds coming in from the east and dropping out of radar range over the Atlantic with the Keys in their cross-hairs. Another wave of migrants took off from Cuba and dropped in altitude possibly to fly where the “optimal” winds were in the air column, as well as the low ceiling. Returns started to pop up once again as they were over the KW radar, these birds possibly dropped down somewhere from the Tortugas to the extreme lower Keys. With the amount of rain and two waves of migrants headed for the Keys makes us think that there will be awesome diversity in the Keys or the Tortugas, hopefully we hear from Key West birders with info on any new migrants in the hood.
The rest of the action was over on the west coast where new birds look to have landed from the Tampa/Sarasota area up to Cedar Key. Lots of the returns heading towards the coast were moving fast and are probably shorebirds, terns and waders with some songbirds mixed in; be on the look out for a spring time rarity guys.

Well now it is your turn, come back and share your sightings with everyone, it would be awesome to see more reports on the site. Thanks to all of our supporters out there and a special thanks to the Ladies of the Cape for always giving us a glimpse of migration on the Cape in Key Biscayne.

Nature is Awesome,
Angel and Mariel


  1. Carl Goodrich had a fallout today;

    19-20 species of warblers including Golden-winged, Nashville & Wilson’s, Shiny Cowbird and Dickcissel.

    Murray Gardler


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