Posted by: NatureIsAwesome | August 12, 2010 @ 12:39 am

The Birds Are Coming!

A quick look at the radar reveals that birds are definitely moving southward. Winds are optimal up north but not as desirable down our way.

We saw our first of season Belted Kingfisher, Red-eyed Vireo and Yellow-throated Warbler today, new birds are coming in every day now. It is a great time of year for vagrants like Fork-tailed Flycatcher and early migrants like the illusive and beautiful Cerulean Warbler. Get out and bird, shorebirds and early fall migrants are here;don’t miss them.

Please pass by and post your sightings on the site, together we all can track the birds south!

Nature is Awesome
Angel & Mariel



  1. Multiple BEKI were around Lakeland today. Circle B Bar Reserve had PRAW and YWAR as well as Bald Eagles returning to territory. Saddle Creek Park had AMRE, BAWW and OVEN. (Had my FOS OVEN at San Felasco Hammock Preserve in Gainesville last Sat. 8/7) Numbers of Barn Swallows are increasing.

    Cole Fredricks

  2. I’m still in the mountains of NC with a heads-up on fairly strong cold front moving in here Saturday-Monday. Birders here predict things will get stirred up so perhaps it will push some birds on down to South Florida by the end of the week. Good to see you all up-and-running!

  3. Signs of migration in North/Central Broward – an A. Redstart male and numerous BG Gnatcatchers at Woodmont Natural Area today. Also a very vocal Brown Thrasher 😉

  4. First day with nets open at Cape Florida & we were skunked! Hot, though. Think that front you mentioned will get some action down here. There were birds around in the tropical wave raininess earlier in the week, but they had cleared out by today. No matter how early we set up, we still miss something! LOWA yesterday but not today.

  5. Today I returned to my old migrant spot in Kissimmee FL to check for any recent arrivals, I had the following:

    Belted Kingfisher-1 FOS
    White-eyed Vireo- heard
    Red-eyed Vireo-1-2
    Barn Swallow-15
    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher-5
    Prothonotary Warbler-2 FOS
    Northern Parula-6
    Yellow-throated Warbler-1-2
    Prairie Warbler-1 FOS
    Yellow Warbler-1 FOS
    American Redstart-1 FOS

    Later today I saw the following along the west side of Lake Toho:

    Chimney Swift-4
    Bank Swallow-2
    Barn Swallow-150+
    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher-heard
    Northern Parula-3
    Yellow-throated Warbler-2
    Prairie Warbler-2
    Yellow Warbler-1

    Today was a sense of deja vu as exactly a year ago to the date i saw my FOS Yellow Warbler in the same tree as my FOS one this year…wierd

    Anyways, Happy Birding

  6. Thanks everyone! We really appreciate all the reports on the site. We are pumped and ready for the fall migration.

    Thanks for the heads up Robin 🙂

    Nature is Awesome
    Angel & Mariel

  7. Hello,

    This morning a good flight of migrant warblers were moving through the mangroves there;
    18 Yellow warblers
    16 Prairie Warblers
    1 Yellow-throated Warbler

    Of note; First male Yellow Warbler of the migration that I have seen (photo), recently fledged Prairie Warbler, long straggly feathers (photo), and a Prairie Warbler was still feeding a Brown-headed Cowbird!

    Ken Tracey

  8. Ft. DeSoto was packed with shorebirds today. The Long-billed Curlew put on a show and there were good numbers of Terns as well. Lots of Black-bellied Plovers, many still in breeding plumage, 30+ Semipalmated, 10 Wilson’s, 4 Piping and a single Snow Plover were also seen. 275+ Red Knots, Sanderlings, Ruddy Turnstones, American Oystercatchers, Willet, Marbled Godwits, Least, Western and Semipalmated Sandpipers were on hand at the Bird Sanctuary at North Beach. A single Spotted Sandpiper was a surprise at that location. I also saw a Lesser Yellowlegs along the mudflat on Tierra Verde. The 2 Bald Eagles were perched in the snag next to the nest tree they didn’t use last season.

    Don Margeson

  9. This afternoon (3 to 6:00) I did some shorebirding on Merritt Island NWF. The
    waters have risen on Peacock’s Pocket and W. Gator Creek and there were no
    shorebirds along either drive. Stops along the Beach Rd. and a few areas along
    the Southern half of Biolab still had a good diversity of shorebirds, but in
    reduced numbers of that that was there on Mon. I found three first winter
    Wilson’s Phalaropes in a mixed flock of 300 or so other shorebirds about half
    way between stops 11 and 12 on Blackpoint Dr. I’ve attached a couple of poor
    pics of one of the Phalaropes.

    Good Birding,
    Mitchell Harris


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