Posted by: NatureIsAwesome | September 3, 2010 @ 9:51 am

Earl Sending Birds Our Way

This is the radar from 5:00pm last night to 9:00am this morning.

Frames are every 1/2 hour. Click on the thumbnail to view the full-sized animation.
Base Reflectivity image from Key West, FL Base Velocity image from Key West, FL Base Reflectivity image from Miami, FL Base Velocity image from Miami, FL Composite base reflectivity for the Southeastern USA

WOW, look at Earl on the radar! That is one big storm. You can see Earl as it strides into North Carolina during the late night hours. We hope the best for everyone in Earl’s path.

The radar was on fire last night, returns started to come in as soon as the sun set. Birds were pouring into the state from Georgia and Alabama. At 1,500 feet the winds were helping birds with a nice tailwind from the NW. Migrants could be seen as they flew south into Central Fl. If there was more weather out there to concentrate the birds we would see more on the ground. As of morning birds were flying overhead and were heard in the early morning hours down here in Miami.
Miami radar did not pick up much coming in last night. After the radar cut out there could have been returns making their way towards the coast. Get out and bird and let us know what is around. Birds should be around but not in large quantities.

Nature is Awesome,
Angel and Mariel



  1. Blackburnian at Castellow, and Bobolinks over Porter-Russell.
    A quick run this morning through TAS’s Porter-Russell Pine Rocklands in Goulds had two flyover Bobolinks, and a Chuck-will’s-widow in the hammock. The usual migrants were around, and many flowering plants (exciting).
    Castellow Hammock at mid-morning was hopping. The highlight was a bright adult female Blackburnian Warbler in the canopy above trail marker 19. This was the same area where most birds were seen. The park seemed full of Prairie and Northern Parula Warblers, Red-eyed Vireos and Blue-gray Gnatcatchers. Also present were many Ovenbirds, Northern Waterthrush, Black-and-white Warbler, Black-throated Blue Warbler, Worm-eating Warbler, and 1 American Redstart. The area also had 2 very active Brown Thrashers, and a vocal Yellow-billed Cuckoo.

    As the abrupt noon thunderstorm yanked me away (sadly) from the action, I sprinted through the hammock and the pouring rain, flushing out 3 Chuck-will’s Widows. It’s starting to feel like the fall!

  2. Definently a new round of birds at Cape Florida compared to yesterday. Numbers weren’t huge (banded 13 birds of 7 or 8 species) but they all were very fat. Nighttime showers coming out of the SW probably intercepted them. Highlights were 2 male hooded warblers, a Swainson’s warbler and a red-eyed vireo. Balace was split between redstarts, ovenbirds, northern waterthrushes and a parula.


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