Posted by: NatureIsAwesome | April 23, 2010 @ 9:43 am

Moderate Nocturnal Migration Over FL

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

Nature is Awesome,
Angel and Mariel


  1. Maybe not a fallout, but sure felt like one!

    Arrived to Matheson Hammock – the trail west of Old Cutler at 8:30am.
    Birds were numerous – an excellent time to experience a wide range of vocalizations from various species!!

    Worm-eating Warbler: There were many WEWA within the northwest hammock. At one instance 4 individuals were in the same field of view within a few yards. Cutting back east through the hammock, I continuously heard their “dzit-dzit” calls – often in singles, softer – and sure enough I would stop and one or two WEWA would be found, actively feeding.

    Black-and-white Warbler: Very many everywhere – very vocal. It seemed that no matter which way I turned, a BAWW or two were within sight. I’ve been amazed by the variety of vocalizations from this relatively non-musical warbler – I heard it singing several times today, and their feeding chatter could be heard all over.

    Blackpoll Warbler: I could hear their sharp chips from within the hammock, but not until I crossed Old Cutler to the oak stand on the east did I find them to be everywhere – males and females actively feeding. Every oak tree seemed to have a couple of Blackpolls.

    Many Ovenbirds!

    Black-throated Blue Warblers were also well represented – a few individuals were also singing.

    American Redstarts were also numerous – also heard singing.

    Despite being surrounded at every step by WEWAs and Blackpolls, what really won me over were:

    Cedar Waxwings galore – It has been a good season for waxwings to say the least. I kept hearing them and seeing snippets of relocating flocks, but once at the eastern oak stand, one fruiting ficus seemed to be covered with them. I estimated 75 initially – very vocal – but then a few more flocks arrived and easily over 150 waxwings were perched throughout the ficus, creating quite a high-pitched raucous.
    They had all been still, until a bright male Baltimore Oriole darted into the tree and the waxwings broke into a frenzy, whirring, shrilling and feeding!

    Others also seen – Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Cape May Warbler, Prairie Warbler, Palm Warbler, Blue-headed Vireo, Northern Waterthrush, Chimney Swift, Broad-winged Hawk –
    and a low flying single Cliff Swallow.

    Speaking of swallows – Caribbean Cave Swallows are now also nesting on the turnpike underpass on Old Cutler, northwest of 107 Av.

  2. Had a mini-fallout in my Deerfield Beach yard this morning about 8 am – Black throated Blue and Common Yellowthroat, joining the PaBu that have not left yet

  3. We don’t see much spring migration action inland in Polk County, but I did have a single male Black-throated Green feeding with a male Prairie this morning at Lake Eva Park in Haines City. Nice surprise! I have also had multiple Spotted Sandpipers everyday this week around the county.

  4. The Cape was pretty quiet today (48 banded) compared with yesterday (142 birds banded) and earlier in the week (166 banded). We had a mixed bag and didn’t notice any particular movement of species. Condition of birds was also mixed. A male Hooded Warbler brightened the morning and we had an interesting foreign recovery: color-banded Gray Catbird. Looks like all the migrants hit Matheson!


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