Posted by: NatureIsAwesome | April 17, 2010 @ 10:21 am

Big Movement Over The Straights Last Night

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

Migrants were on the wing last night as they flew over the Keys continuing their way towards Naples/Ft. Myers. With rain in the morning hours birds may have been put down in the Naples/Sanibel/Ft. Myers area. Birds were also on their journey north along the west coast with returns moving NW towards the Tampa radar last night. Jacksonville radar had big numbers of returns visible last night as birds were pouring into Georgia through out the night.
Down south we will struggle to find any large numbers of nocturnal migrants as east winds have been putting a hamper on east coast migration thus far. Sorry Evan and Kate but the winds are just not in your favor, and with a front making its way south we are unsure of when we will see west winds. Good news is winds will shift but will not be optimal. Migrants have to be piling up in Cuba and the West Indies, they may just take the shift as a cue to fly north. Lets wait and see how it all unfolds but winds have favored the west so far this spring.

Nature is Awesome,
Angel and Mariel



  1. The winds eased a little and we noted a trickle of new birds. The 20 banded birds were a mix of winter residents and true migrants. Northern Waterthrush (3) and Prothonotary Warbler were in OK condition but the Worm-eating Warblers were so fat, that they seemed to have taken a water taxi to Cape Florida. Birdage picked up a little in mid-morning and by the birds’ behavior, they seemed to be making their way to the hammock area rather than just coming in. A Gray Catbird banded in 2004 showed up in wintering condition, which makes it the 3rd winter (that we know of) that it’s stayed with us. The La Sagra’s was near Net 5-6 at 10:35 AM. ARGH!

  2. I managed to get in my first visit to Ft. DeSoto Saturday morning (17th) but found it very quiet. Found a few palm warblers, 2 prairie, 1 yellow-rumped, a half dozen or so Catbirds and a nice flock of Cedar Waxwings at the mulberry trees.
    Maybe others who know the area better found more?


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