Posted by: NatureIsAwesome | August 24, 2010 @ 12:36 pm

Radar Down Last Night

This morning we noticed that something was wrong with the radar, so we are unable to post the radar animation today.

Migration over Florida was slow last night, birds are still stacked up behind the front that is over NE Florida. This front will be moving out and high pressure will be building in from the south today. Hopefully once the front moves out the birds will fly south. Lots of returns were picked up along the extreme western panhandle last night but again they seem to be behind an invisible wall; unable to cross south. Conditions are looking up for the weekend and birds should be here in larger numbers and better diversity. Get out and bird this weekend!

For now weather systems like the low over the Gulf and the trough over N Fl create great conditions to look for rarities or uncommon species that are off course. Some birds will still choose to migrate even in these conditions, we just need to look for them. Swallows have been moving through in big numbers for the last three days now. Encouraging reports of Cerulean, Hooded and Kentucky Warblers have been coming in since yesterday. Keep your eyes up or down something good could be whizzing by.

Have a great day and stay dry if your are in the Tampa area.

Nature is Awesome
Angel & Mariel


  1. A quick spin around the entry road and parking lots at the Mangrove Bay Golf Course in NE St. Pete after voting this morning, showed thousands of birds enjoy the saturated grounds and occasional areas of standing water.

    They were 1,000+ wading birds, mostly White Ibis and a single Roseate Spoonbill. 300+ Laughing Gulls were seen including many in their winter plumage. There were 200+Mottled/Mallard type duscks with the majority being hybrids.

    I found 1 Pectoral Sandpiper and 1 Solitary Sandpiper in an area of standing water in front of the 1st tee. They were easily seen from the entry a short was after the sharp turn on the right.

    There were also 1000+ Common Grackles, Brown-headed Cowbirds, European Starlings and Fish Crows. I saw 2 Cliff Swallows and a Bank Swallow as I was preparing to leave.

    Don Margeson

  2. Yesterday, 8/23, I received a call from Luddy Lambertson in Lake Helen, Volusia Co., that he had had found an adult male Cerulean Warbler in his yard. I made it over to his house by about 12 noon on the long-shot that it might still be around. Luddy had not seen the bird again, so we
    ventured out with little hope of finding the bird, but after about 20 minutes, Luddy said, “I got it!” Then there it was — an absolutely
    beautiful male Cerulean. I managed to get a few poor quality photos, but at least we had many great looks at the bird.

    Earlier in the day, I had stopped by the “mud bog” area on Rt 100 west of Bunnell in Flagler Co. This 10 acre muddy site often has an interesting assortment of shorebirds. The best birds were two White-rumped Sandpipers, but, in addition, there were Stilt, Solitary, Spotted, Semipalmated, Least, and Pectoral Sandpipers, Short-billed Dowitcher and both Yellowlegs. Including the ubiquitous Killdeer, that
    made 11 species of shorebirds.


  3. I received an update from Paul Fellers today. He observed a Worm-eating Warbler, Kentucky Warbler and a Yellow-throated Vireo this morning at Saddle Creek.

    Bob Snow

  4. A short trip down Cockroach Bay Road this afternoon produced at least 36 Black Terns and three Gull-billed Terns (two adults and a fresh juvenile) over the ponds on the south side of the road, both species giving very close views. Lots of shorebirds here and on the sod farm, mainly Least and Semipalmated Sandpipers. Still one lingering Swallow-tailed Kite.

    Ed Kwater


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