Posted by: NatureIsAwesome | August 26, 2010 @ 10:47 am

Migrants Enter Florida

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SE Mosaic Radar Loop 26/August2010

Birds were entering the state from both the east and the west. Heavy densities were picked up by the northern radars making their into the state. The panhandle saw lots of activity, birds were coming into the area and also taking flight over the Gulf in a general SE trajectory. Birds should be arriving along the west coast during the late morning as well as the afternoon. Some late afternoon birds may drop in due to moisture over the region. Check out your favorite migrant hot spot on the west coast north of Sarasota and you should see some migrants.

Jacksonville radar also picked up good numbers of birds entering the area. Birds were traveling in a general N>>S direction along the coast. Look for birds at local migrant traps along the along the coast and areas a bit inland as winds would have shifted migrants inland a bit. A ridge aloft will drift north limiting deep convection which will create moisture and instability in the atmosphere. As this happens a surface ridge will be able to move in from the south enabling the development of a sea breeze. With the low stretching across Central Fl birds may have been blocked from traveling farther south, returns seem to have stopped north of West Palm Beach. If this is so birds should be stacked up in good concentrations and probably decent diversity north of Sebastian.

Farther down the state Miami radar pick up lots of rain and more rain. Not many birds headed this way to be brought down by the rains. Hopping for better luck tonight, the low over central Fl has been closing the doors for migrants to continue south. The trend has been, migrants are traveling ahead and behind the front moving SE for the last couple of days. As the front dives south and a high pressure gradient continues to jog north a east wind will develop helping out birders on the west coast and inland locations.

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Angel & Mariel


  1. -Female Cerulean Warbler at Turkey Creek Sanctuary

    -1518 Port Malabar Blvd. NE Palm Bay, FL 32905, Brevard Co.

    Seen earlier today; it was down by the cable gate. Sighting sheet from yesterday lists the warbler as being seen then, too.

    See DeLORME p.88 D2.

  2. Hi All,

    As Ken Tracey mentioned in an earlier post Carolyn McKinney and I birded Green Key (Robert K. Rees Park), in New port Richey this morning and came up with almost similar numbers of migrants with the addition as follows:

    Semipalmated Sandpiper 10 (heard calling as they wanted to get onshore, however there were people on the flats!!)

    Wilson’s Plover 1 ( Ken saw this bird later on and it is hard to get unless you can get to Anclote Preserve!!)
    Greater Yellowlegs 1
    Ruddy Turnstone 1
    Clapper Rail 2
    White-winged Dove 1
    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 2
    Black-and-white Warbler 1
    Ovenbird 1

    In addition to here we went to Werner-Boyce Salt Spring SP and found 2 Eastern Wood-Pewees, however, it was a bust as the trails were totally flooded!!!

    Birds seen at the Gulf Harbors Golf Course included 1 Pectoral Sandpiper, 1 Greater Yellowlegs and 2 CLIFF SWALLOWS, which were very cooperative!!!

    We also went to the Holiday Recreation Center and saw a minimal of 66 (actual count) Black-hooded Parakeets , which is the most I’ve ever seen here in Pasco County. There were others calling later on and I don’t exaggerate counts, so there could probably be close to 80 present!!!

    My yard so far has produced 1 male Magnificent Frigatebird and 2 Eastern Kingbirds.

    Good Birding All!!

    Dave Gagne

  3. Birds continue to pile into the Mangrove Bay area of NE St. Petersburg. Despite no rain today, taking pictures and zeroing on birds in the canopy with binoculars, was a difficult task against a heavily overcast sky. The birds seen today were evenly split between the Mangrove Swamp and the Oaks in the neighborhood. I saw all of the species seen yesterday and added four or five more, the highlight being a male Cerulean.

    16) Hooded Warbler ( 9 male )
    6) American Redstart ( 1 male )
    6) Black-and-White Warbler
    4) Prairie Warbler
    3) Yellow-throated Warbler
    3) Yellow Warbler
    2) Blackburnian Warbler
    2) Northern Parula ( both 1st fall )
    2) Northern Waterthrush
    1) Black-throat Blue Warbler ( female )
    1) Cerulean Warbler ( male )
    3) Red-eyed Vireo
    2) yellow-billed Cuckoo
    2) Great Crested Flycatcher
    1) Eastern Wood-pewee

    Don Margeson

  4. On my dog walk on the Gainesville Hawthorne Trail at dusk tonight I had a very early Eastern Whippoorwill singing just north of Boulware Springs Alachua Co.. I dont have Stevenson and Anderson handy but Alachua Co checklists Rex Rowan have the early date as 16 September.

    Andy Kratter

  5. I spent some time at Eagle Lake this morning. One of the most
    areas was west of the dog park. I followed the trail south, took the
    west and immediately after crossing the bridge found lots of birds in
    oaks and on the ground on the north side. It is flooded in there so it
    isn’t easy to see the birds in the back of the trees.

    Cerulean Warbler
    Canada Warbler
    Northern Waterthrush
    Louisiana Waterthrush
    Black and White
    Summer Tanager
    Eastern Wood-Pewee
    Oodles of Red-eyed Vireo


  6. I tried to make it to Cape florida today for banding but my car overheated in traffic on US 1 so I bailed out back to the mechanic. Fortunately Liz & Erica were there and banded 20 or so birds, mostly redstarts but they caught 3 Louisiana waterthrush and FOS red-eyed vireo.

  7. Early in the week there was very little in the way of migrants. Today, I had several Redstarts, Black and White Warblers, and Red-eyed Vireos in my back yard. I live in St Johns Co., twenty miles inland. Buff-breasted Sandpiper was seen in central St Johns Co. this afternoon. This would seem to verify your radar conclusions.

    Gary Davis

  8. A late afternoon visit to Bald Pt State Park produced the following:

    E. wood-pewee – 2

    Golden-winged warbler – ad male

    Yellow warbler – 10

    Chestnut-sided warbler – 2

    Cerulean warbler – ad female

    Black & white warbler – 3

    Am redstart

    Kentucky warbler – ad female

    Hooded warbler – 3

    John Murphy

  9. Stopped in at Pinecraft Park today from 4:30 to 7:00 pm.

    Worm-Eating Warbler, Blackburnian Warbler, Cerulean Warbler, Hooded Warbler, Yellow-Throated Warbler, Black & White Warbler, Am. Redstart, N. Parula, Kentucky Warbler, Red-Eyed Vireo, Yellow-Throated Vireo, Philadelphia Vireo, E. Wood-Pewee. It was also nice to have decent lighting and stay dry for a change.

    Jeff Fisher

  10. This afternoon there were 2 juvenile Buff-breasted Sandpipers at the Sykes and Cooper Sod Farm on SR 207 in Elkton. There are lots of Least Sandpipers and Killdeer also present with only a single Pectoral today. Pecs have been plentiful over the last month, but I have yet to see any Uplands despite almost daily coverage.

    This evening, while walking the dog before the storm, I had a flock of 4 Red-eyed Vireos and a Blackburnian Warbler.

    Matt Hafner


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