Posted by: NatureIsAwesome | April 28, 2010 @ 10:28 am

Westerly Winds = Birds in My Hammy,

This is the radar from 5:00pm last night to 10:00am 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

We are really swamped at work so I will keep it short since I do not have much time to spend on interpreting today. Last night there was an influx of migrants into South FL, with west winds birds we should see more diversity as well as numbers. Key West radar shows birds taking off from Cuba, these birds can be seen making a jog to the east as the west winds blow them over towards Miami. Expect new birds around today in places such as Cape Fl, Matheson, Sadowski etc. West winds bring neo-trops like Golden-winged, Tennessee, Cerulean, Bay-breasted, Chestnut-sided, Hooded, Connecticut and Mourning Warblers, Grosbeaks and Tanagers. It will be interesting to hear from you all today, what species were along the east coast today? The Ladies of the Cape will give us a picture of what happened today at Cape Fl, now its your turn to paint the rest of the picture for Miami/Dade. Well to make things short and sweet, GO BIRD! There are rarities to be found out there!

Nature is Awesome,
Angel and Mariel



  1. It seemed like a similar displacement was on radar early this morning, but the result of birds making their way NW to the Cape was not as dramatic as yesterday. The west winds seemed to guide birds to our area but from 6:45-noon, I didn’t notice any particular movement. A beautiful male (I owe $1) Connecticut Warbler showed up a little early. Ovenbirds came in by the busloads and Blackpolls were very abundant. We kept half the nets closed until Speed Bander arrived. She’ll need to give the afternoon report, since I left at 1 PM. From 6:45-8 AM, we had a really neat South Florida version of a “dawn chorus.” A Northern Waterthrush was softly singing near the tent — pretty neat. Yesterday, all the of Northern Parulas were singing the type B song, so perhaps they were a particular population that staged together, then flew together? On Virginia Key numerous Least and Semipalmated Sandpipers came in, as well as Lesser Yellowlegs, Spotted and Solitary Sandpipers.

  2. 155 new birds banded at Cape Florida, so another good day! Ovenbirds were the species of the day but there were still quite a few blackpolls around. More common yellowthroats today than yesterday, which are everybody’s favorite bird to extract from the nets. West winds don’t seem to bring the same diversity switch in the spring as in the fall; think because those Central American species are mostly migrating waay to the west in TX and LA. We just get a lot more of the Caribbean species on a west wind. In fall the CA species are cruising down FLA’s west coast so a west wind will get them to us out at Cape Florida. That’s my theory.

  3. On April 28th at 8AM I stopped for 5 minutes at the Palmetto Bay Village Center on my way to an appointment. I found lots of Blackpolls, and several B&W, American Redstart, Black-throated Blue, and Worm-eating.

    On the same day I stopped by Bill Sadowski at 6PM and birded for an hour. I found the same warblers (minus Worm-eating) and several Ovenbird. I also spotted a Red-eyed Vireo and a Black-whiskered Vireo. I was hoping for some rarities, but I was still thrilled to find the more common warblers!!

  4. No neo-trops for me at the Cape; just the usual Caribbeans. 13 species with no marquis. Gray-cheeked Thrush might be the best bird.

    Cape 4/28 in 2 hours:
    Cape May
    Palm (still around)
    Blackpoll (the bird du jour)
    Common Yellowthroat
    N. Waterthrush

    This morning, 4/29, a stop at both east and west sides of Matheson Hammock yielded:

    Blackpoll (4)
    Ovenbird (2)
    BTB (1)
    B&W (1)

  5. Cape Florida on 4/28- between 1 and 2pm: Several bobolinks, 1 nice male rose-breasted grosbeak, lots of bt blue and ovenbird, no surprise that there were tons of blackpolls, fair numbers of yellowthroat, b&w (really tame) and redstart. Also prairie, n. waterthrush, worm-eating, parula, and I thought I heard a magnolia. 1 merlin in an area with a large amount of activity.
    One observation: It seems that gray kingbird comes later every year. I saw a few at the cape- but i have not seen any in downtown Miami yet- and they are there in good numbers every summer.

  6. tap… tap… “is this thing on?”

    Mead in Orlando produced 10 warblers this afternoon, 3 cuckoos, 2 indigos, 1-2 veeries, swainson’s thrush, gray-cheeked thrush, blue grosbeak, and many of the regulars 🙂


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