Posted by: NatureIsAwesome | September 18, 2010 @ 8:56 am

Birds Are On The Move

This is the radar from 5:00pm last night to 8:30am 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

Curse you east winds! LOL A look at the SE regional radar reveals that birds chose to move last night. Birds were really on the move north of Florida. This flight seems to have been triggered by a front moving across the northeast. This front is forecast to move through tomorrow hopefully shipping more migrants south like last night. East winds caused birds to take flight off the panhandle coasts with a trans-gulf migration in mind. They had an awesome tailwind; why not take advantage of it.

Inland true and tried migrant traps will be your best chance of any density today, some birds decided to head into the wind moving south along the east coast though. This movement will be hard to ground truth since the numbers were not large. It will be interesting to see the different reports from the NAMC today.

Today skies will be mainly sunny across most of the region, though a few afternoon thunderstorms are possible through South Florida and along the western Gulf coast. Rip currents and strong swells will make the Atlantic coastal waters inhospitable this weekend, under the influence of far-offshore, large Hurricane Igor. Be careful if you are planning to visit the beach. Above-average high temperatures will dominate so keep hydrated while out counting!

Lets us know what you see out there today! Post your sightings by clicking here leave a comment.

Nature is Awesome,
Angel and Mariel


  1. Key Biscayne/Virginia Key NAMC was unexciting, probably due to heavy ENE winds pushing birds inland. I tallied 72 species, the most interesting being Summer Tanager, Baltimore Oriole and 2 Cape May Warblers at the Cape and 2 Swainson’s Thrushes at Bear Cut Preserve. I had 11 warbler species, including Western Palms on the grassy areas of Virginia Key. I found the Great Black-Hawk yesterday at 5 PM but couldn’t pull it up today. Crandon Beach had expected species and a “Western” Willet was very cooperative, displaying the subtle features that separate it from the “Eastern” race.

  2. I did Dump Marsh today, not a true and tested migrant trap to say the least. The trema and other shrubs along the levee were very unproductive for migrants, but a stop at my secret migrant spot (232 St. and 97 ave. produced a Prothonotary Warbler plus a couple of others, bringing my total warbler species to 7.

    My best bird, though, flew over the south pond at Dump Marsh – a Whimbrel! I would have missed it had it not called. I was walking back towards my car and stopped to check out my first and only Great Egret when I heard the Whimbrel call from the southern end of the pond. It seemed to be looking for a place to land, but with so much water it decided to continue on south. If it had come closer, I’d have gotten a photo, but it was too far away for me to even try. I only tallied 44 species. Surprisingly absent were raptors (only BAEA, RTHA, TUVU, and MERL), especially since the landfill area is always such a great raptor magnet. Not a single Black Vulture! East winds are killing us this year.


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