Posted by: NatureIsAwesome | September 16, 2010 @ 9:09 am

East Winds Keep Birds at Bay

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East winds continue to suppress migration at a large scale. Last night was another night of strong easterlies throughout the majority of the state. Some activity was apparent on the Jacksonville and Tampa radars moving west in a rush. Besides this small pulse of migrants, it was quite around the rest of the state; movements these small will usually go unnoticed on the ground.

Even with these easterlies we still are receiving reports of migrants from South Florida. We suspect these birds to be migrating locally (county hopping), or pushing south despite the unfavorable migration conditions.

Birds have been staking up in the state since the 14th; we expect a nice flight into and out of the state Saturday or Sunday night; depending on the winds. It looks like we will be under the east wind spell till either Sat. or Sun. so expect little to no migration tonight.

Nature is Awesome,
Angel & Mariel


  1. East winds are making banding at the Cape challenging. There are many more birds around than are captured, which makes sense with our nets billowing like sails. We’ve had steady 28-31-bird mornings, with most species the expected Caribbean migrants. Species seem to come in pulses, such as Worm-eating and Black-and-white Warblers. Today was a thrush day, with Swainson’s and Veery in the nets and many others on site. I saw a male Kentucky Warbler at 8:30 and Erica pulled him in at noon. I hope some of the birds that launched from SC last night find their way down here.

  2. As we watch attentively to passerine migration unfolding in our region, let us not forget about the importance of raptors migrating through the peninsula.

    The Curry Hammock Hawkwatch officially started Wednesday September 15. Cloudy conditions, with insterspersed periods of rain and constant winds from the east marked this first day.

    The following raptors were tallied:
    Osprey – 19
    Northern Harrier – 1
    Merlin – 3 (nice)
    Peregrine Falcon – 2
    Swallow-tailed Kite -1

    A couple of distant unidenfiable Accipiters have also been observed from the site, prior to the official count start.

    The official counter for 9/15 was Ernesto Ruelas (HMANA), along with observer Jim Eager.

    Volunteers are still needed for several days throughout September and October. You may contact me directly if your are interested.

    The Curry Hammock State Park hawkwatch is an important site because the narrowing of the Florida Peninsula into the Keys concentrates large flights of migrating raptors en-route to southern wintering grounds. Fall counts at this site record flights of over a dozen migrating raptor species; counts of Peregrines are the highest in the country and second highest in the world.

  3. Hey guys…
    Yesterday was a good day at PEAR where there where lots and lots of Prairie Warblers but not much else really, spent the whole afternoon helping with mop up on a burn over so no birding just sucking smoke and dripping sweat while having fun.

    Didn’t get to look around much today but number of Prairie Warbler are down so I am guessing they most left us, no swallows, swifts, 1 nighthawk, 1 redstart rounds out the boring day.

    Last Thursday-Saturday where all good days with Eastern Wood-peewee, Summer Tanager, American Redstarts, Yellow, Yellow-throated, Prairie, Parula, Black & Whites, Blackburnian (high of 3 Saturday but 1 seen both previous days), White-eyed, Red-eyed, and Yellow-throated Vireos, increasing numbers of Blue-gray Timewaisters, swallow numbers have dropped like a rock over the last week, from hundreds to barely a trickle, Common Nighthawks still moving but in ever smaller numbers.. No thrush or Epids at any location, Have had a few Northern Waterthrush and Bobolink though.

    I know this is late but August 27th saw a huge push of Eastern Kingbirds, numbers likely in the hundreds, but hard to count them all from where I was I saw a similar push last year about that time but at a different location.

    As usual inland birding is tough these coastal guys got to learn to share the birds and i don’t mean photos…lol

  4. While out at JW Corbett WMA yesterday doing the NAMC Ben Kolstad and I spotted a female Mourning Warbler along trail 14/15 on the eastern boundary.
    Also had 13sp of warbler and Scarlet and Summer Tanagers. Not a bad day.

    Corbett is in West Palm Beach.

    Mike Baranski


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