Posted by: NatureIsAwesome | April 27, 2010 @ 8:20 am

As High Pressure Moves In

This is the radar from 5:00pm last night to 7:00am 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

Last night the radar did not show much movement on the SE mosaic image but a look at the AMX and BYX radars picked up returns as they came into Miami. West winds helped birds into Miami, making the best birding at coastal locations like Cape FL, Matheson, Evergreen Cemetery, Ann Knolb etc. Miami radar picked up returns as they made their way into the region from the west, some birds were blown out over the Atlantic making for a late arrival for these birds. Inland locations should see some new birds around but in lesser numbers than coastal migrant hot spots. All in all birds were on the move last night, returns can be seen on radar moving north along the east coast into Melbourne and points north. Many returns were headed into the Jacksonville area as they moved north along the coast. We expect most birds around this area to have made it north into Georgia thus leaving Jacksonville birders with less to look at.

West coast birders, are you in for some real spring time migrant birding? Well hope you are cause looking at the radar for the last two nights it seems as if migrants were held up by the pre-frontal system that moved through FL. With high pressure moving into the region we expect all those birds that are piled up awaiting better weather for flight to take to the wing and head NW. From the western panhandle down to Pinellas County we expect birding to be excellent, great diversity as well as good numbers of migrants.

FL birders should have nothing to complain about today as there should be migrants almost all over the state, with coastal locations being best of course. Now it is your turn to post your sightings for the rest of us to enjoy. Have a great birding day!

Nature is Awesome,
Angel and Mariel


  1. Barnes today:

    BTB 1
    Cape May 3-4
    Blackpoll 3-4
    Prairie 2
    B&W 1
    Worm-eating 1 heard
    Parula 1
    Black-whiskered Vireo 1
    Indigo Bunting 1

  2. WE LOVE WEST WIND ON THE CAPE!! More from Michelle……..

  3. FIU Campus 04/27/10

    Blackpolls have finally made it here!

    Rose-Breasted Grosbeak

    Both Green Heron and Yellow-crowned Night-Heron on nest in the island.

    We also saw a probable female Cerulean Warbler, the bird had a Blue-green-grayish back which was unstreaked, two wing bars, yellowish eye line with a darker line under the yellowish eye line, dirty streaks down the sides of the flanks and a yellow wash to the breast turning dirty white towards the undertail. We will look for it tomorrow in the morning again.

    A & M

  4. Yes, we do love west winds at Cape Florida, spring or fall! We only ran nets until noon because half of us had to leave for the afternoon, but we easily caught over 150 birds. Don’t know if we broke 200 or not; I was one of the people who had to leave early. A few birds in the trees at sunrise, but more kept coming in off the ocean all morning long. Well-represented species were B&W, BT Blue, parula, ovenbird, redstart, 3 swainson’s warblers in one net run, wormeating, and, about 1030 or 11AM, hundreds of blackpolls arrived. They were quietly but actively feeding everywhere. Less common birds banded were swainson’s thrush, veery, and YB cuckoo. Heard only were RB grosbeak and summer tanager.

  5. PS A&M hope you see that Cerulean again. They are a very unique color; turquoisey (probably not a real word) green and lemon yellow below. Very prominent wingbars.

  6. Didn’t have long to look, but at the fruiting tree between the cabins this morning I had:

    125+ Cedar Waxwing
    2 Prairie
    1 Black-throated Green
    2 Cape May
    3 Blackpoll
    1 Magnolia
    1 Black-throated Blue
    1 Scarlet Tanager – Male

  7. Hey MIDA & AMRO

    Look as if the returns that were displaced over the water may have been the Blackpoll Warbler army that hit the Cape late in the morning. Mid day rushes have been great to the Cape, remember our BTBW fall-out? Awesome!

  8. PS the count at Cape Florida was 217 new birds banded today, this even with the nets closed by 1230 because people had to leave early!

  9. Awesome!


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