Posted by: NatureIsAwesome | September 11, 2010 @ 9:51 am

A Moment of Silence for September 11th

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

A huge flight took place out of the north and are headed this way! Some of the forerunners are already getting here as reports confirm.

Although surface winds over most of the state were unfavorable for migration; upper level winds looked better last night. Conditions farther north finally turned for the best and birds took to the air.

Jacksonville radar gave us a picture of what is to come. If you look at the SE Mosaic radar you can see the large numbers of birds that are taking off over the Atlantic. These birds are taking advantage of the cooler temps in the recent nights and seem to be making longer trips south. Last night was a bit different thought, birds looked to be making shorter flights than in previous nights.

The best winds were over the panhandle again last night with NWN winds over Apalachicola over the course of the night. Returns were flying over the region in big quantities. These birds were headed south with a bit of a SE heading. Coastal migrant traps look to be most productive from the panhandle region to the west coast today.

All along the east coast birds were moving south; all radars from Jacksonville to Miami were alive with activity.

Miami radar last night was active with returns coming into and away from the radar. Birds were mostly traveling in a NE>>SW direction over the area. Birds dropped down into the area around two a.m. or so. With surface winds blowing from the ESE we expect inland locations to look good today. Birds were also out over the Atlantic which should keep coastal locations interesting.

Please leave your sightings in the comment area, we would love to hear from you all.

Nature is Awesome,
Angel and Mariel


  1. It was good to band again, though I miss San Diego’s 68-degree/30% humidity weather. We had a deceptively quiet 30-bird morning, with usual Caribbean migrants. A White-eyed Vireo was a bit early but Red-eyed Vireos are right on time. As with migration so far, diversity was strong, including warblers: Swainson’s, Black-throated Blue, Worm-eating, Black-and-white, American Redstart, Northern Waterthrush, Prairie, Ovenbird (numerous) and Common Yellowthroat. Michelle had a Chuck’s, Bobolinks were overhead and an Acadian Flycatcher was hanging around. MIDA might have details on how the upcoming weather pattern will affect banding.

    Farther north, diversity also seems to be good. My friend in NC reports: “For consistency as well as for numbers, this has been a better than average Fall migration.”


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