Posted by: NatureIsAwesome | August 25, 2010 @ 10:03 am

As The Front Rolls On…

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SE Radar Mosaic 25/August2010

Several weather systems have been stalling out a large group of birds near the Georgia/Florida border over the last three days. The front that was in place over north FL has now pushed out over the Atlantic and looks to have allowed a small flight of migrants into the Panhandle. There was a decent push of migrants into the St. Marks, Tallahassee; well the whole panhandle area. Birds were also concentrated along the Alabama/Florida borders as well. Hopefully we hear from the Duncan’s with a report of what is flying around over in the extreme western panhandle.

Jacksonville radar picked up high density of returns over the night. Birds were entering the radar a rapid rate moving N>>S against a SSW wind; this leads us to believe that it may have been a push of shorebirds. Farther down the state there is a deep SW flow, showers and isolated thunderstorms are to be expect today in the central portions of the state. Levy and Citrus counties will see some heavy rains and possibly flood conditions, be careful out there. After today temperatures may drop to some more tolerable levels for birding, forecast calls for temps to be in the 80’s.

Miami radar was shut out last night, almost nothing was picked up on radar. Most of the returns could have been ground clutter or ghost signals. Hopefully the weekend will bring better chances of seeing migrants down here. For now go out and look for birds that may have been displaced or rerouted due to the weather over the gulf.

Have a great day and stay dry.

Nature is Awesome
Angel & Mariel


  1. This morning I spent a few hours at Saddle Creek Park, Lakeland, FL. There several nice flocks of birds and species of interest were….

    Balck and white
    American Redstart
    Northern Waterthrush


    Also had a Brown Pelican fly over, always a good Polk co bird.

    Roy Morris

  2. My normal 30-40 minute walk around the Mangrove Bay Neighborhood turned into an hour and 45 minutes as a found good numbers of warblers, many feeding low to the ground along the mangrove knees and fallen logs in my neighbor’s backyard. Other passerines seen were a pair of Blue-gray Gnatcatchers and a Ruby-throated Humminbird. May have a few pics later. Interestingly enough, I’ve found a male Blackburnian in almost the almost the exact same location, 3 years in a row. Also worth mentioning I could hear the bird bills snapping shut at they nabbed some insects, likely the Leaf Hoppers my friend Ken Tracey has mentioned.

    9) Hooded Warbler ( 3 male )
    5) American Redstart ( all female )
    4) Black-and-White Warbler
    2) Prothonotory Warbler
    2) Yellow Warbler ( 1 male )
    1) Black-throated Blue ( female )
    1) Blackburnian Warbler ( male )
    1) Yellow-throated Warbler

    Don Margeson

  3. Good evening,

    There were lots of birds reported around Pinellas County today. This stalled low-pressure system has really dropped the birds down upon us!

    Lori and I met Eric Plage at FDP at 5:30 and by 7 PM, when it was too dark to see, we had 13 species of warblers and a few other migrants.

    Our highlights:
    N. Parula 2
    Yellow 3
    Blackburnian 4
    Prairie 10+
    Black-&-white 2
    Am. Redstart 6
    Prothonotary 1
    Worm-eating 1 maybe 2
    Ovenbird 3
    N.Waterthrush 2
    L.Waterthrush 4
    Kentucky 3
    Hooded 10
    YT Vireo 4
    RE Vireo 10+
    E.Kingbird 9
    Solitary Sandpiper 1

    The mosquitoes were mild, but bug repellent a plus.

    Worth mentioning is the fact that today Gail Deterra photographed a Black-billed Cuckoo at John Chesnut Park and also today Scott Patterson photographed the first “August” Peregrine Falcon for Pinellas at Indian Shores Beach. Photos of these birds and many of the warblers can be found at

    Ron Smith

  4. I conducted surveys at several different locations plus my yard yesterday
    and today. I haven’t transcribed my tape but here’s a species list.

    Hooded Warbler – most numerous species
    Swainson’s Warbler – FOS but not the earliest that I’ve had one in previous
    Worm-eating Warbler
    Kentucky Warbler
    Louisiana Waterthrush
    Northern Waterthrush
    Yellow Warbler
    Prothonotary Warbler
    Yellow-throated Warbler
    Black and White Warbler
    American Redstart
    Summer Tanager
    Purple Martin
    Chimney Swift



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