Posted by: NatureIsAwesome | August 21, 2010 @ 1:09 pm

Of The Birds And The Weather

Click on the radar image below for animation. Radar animation is from 8 p.m. to 11:00a.m.

SE Mosaic radar loop 21/August2010

Birds were on the move with some favorable winds and impending weather systems on their tail. Judging by the radar images birds are heading down the east coast in good fashion. Images of birds over N and S Carolina and into Georgia are making us wish they would hurry up. LOL

Birds were making their way into Florida last night through the panhandle and the east coast. We suspect most of the movement to have been a mix of shorebirds and swallow species. Fast moving targets were picked up on radar moving down the east coast and eventually out over the water and into the Keys.

Birds were out over Tampa Bay as well. Some interesting returns appear on the radar late in the morning over the Gulf heading south. A late morning arrival along the west coast from Tampa south to the Ten Thousand Islands can be interesting today. The Dry Tortugas should be seeing birds today as birds were out over the water heading west out of Key West. Maybe some birders will be out there today and report back.

Miami radar had some action but nothing like up north. We had some small waves of returns visible on the radar. Most of these returns would make it passed us and into the Keys and possibly into the straights. Reports of Swallows in good numbers over Miami will keep birders looking up today down here. Check out the coast if you can today. Winds last night helped birds along the coast, shorebirds can be out on the flats of Crandon today. Returns were still out there as the radar cut out this morning. Hopefully this means we will have birds coming in during the day here in Miami.
We will be out at the beach today; will report on the conditions there later.

Have a great day and enjoy the migrants while they are around.

Nature is Awesome
Angel & Mariel



  1. In Kissimmee today i had the following species:

    Belted Kingfisher-1
    Chimney Swift-few
    Barn Swallow-4
    Northern Rough-winged Swallow-1
    White-eyed Vireo-1
    Red-eyed Vireo-1
    Northern Parula-5
    Black-throated Blue Warbler-1 male FOS
    Yellow-throated Warbler-2
    Prairie Warbler-1
    American Redstart-1 female

  2. After over a week of 2 to 5 bird days we banded 14 birds of 6 or 7 species at Cape Florida. Lots of F.o.S’s today: worm-eating, bobolink, eastern kingbird, Swainson’s warbler (banded), prothonotary warbler (banded), something else I can’t remember. Migration finally starting to happen! Wonder what next week will bring with a strong trough for August forecast to go through the Carolinas…should get some birds continuing on down to South Florida in a few days, one can hope.

  3. It looks like after the front moves through later this week we will see a big push of migrants. Thanks for the report MIDA. A & M

  4. Lorraine and I birded the North Nature Trail at John Chestnut today from 10:15 AM-12:45 PM. We ran into 4 large feeding flocks. At times we were unable to get glass on all the birds. I’m betting we could have added more species and quantities if we’d had time to walk the Peggy Park Trail as well. We also saw a least 4 White-tailed Deer, including a fawn, Swallowtail butterflies were abundant as well.

    1) Forster’s Tern
    1) Eastern Wood-Pewee
    6) Great Crested Flycatcher
    1) Eastern Kingbird
    2) Red-eyed Vireo
    45) Northern Parula
    2) Yellow Warbler
    9) Yellow-throated Warbler
    3) Pine Warbler
    2) Black-and-White Warbler
    1) Prothonotory Warbler
    2) Waterthrush species
    1) Hooded Warbler

    Don Margeson

  5. Good afternoon,

    I received a call at 9:30 from a friend who reported a Worm-eating Warbler up at Fred Howard Park in north Pinellas County. This morning’s downpour obviously dropped a few birds from the sky.

    I was at Boyd Hill Nature Preserve by 11 AM and over the next couple of hours scored with 11 species of warblers (including 3 Ceruleans) and an Eastern Wood-Pewee. There were lots of Red-yed Vireos around. The migrants:

    Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1;
    E. Wood-Pewee 1;
    Red-eyed Vireo 20+;
    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1;
    N. Parula 3;
    Yellow 2;
    Yellow-throated 3;
    Prairie 8;
    Cerulean 3 ( 2 fe & 1 imm male);
    Black-&-white 8;
    Am. Redstart 7;
    Prothonotary 2;
    La. Waterthrush 2;
    Kentucky 1;
    Hooded 4.

    Ron Smith


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