Posted by: NatureIsAwesome | October 2, 2010 @ 1:11 pm

Bird Migration Over FL

Wow, birds are being sucked out of the state. North winds bring much needed cooler temps but also shoot birds right on passed many of us.
This is the radar from 5:00pm last night to 11:30am 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

Last night winds were mostly in accordance with north winds blowing through out most of the state with the exception of Melbourne where winds shifted at peak migration time to west.
You can see the mass of signatures moving down east coast and the Atlantic. These returns seem to have chosen to go for it and head for the Bahamas. North winds caused the rest of the state to get sucked dry. Seems as most of the birds were able to get up high and travel long distances.

We still expect some new arrivals in N. FL, along both coasts and in central FL. More birds have left than made it in but we should be seeing a nice trickle of migrants until late October. Miami will be interesting to see, it could be void of migrants; lets wait and see.

Looking at the Key West radar you will see something that caught our eye. Birds were still in the air as the sunset and can be seen making it all the way to Cuba as the radar started up for the nightly scan. Cuba must have been an amazing destination to bird yesterday, migrants should have been arriving all day long. We have to experience migration from the other side one day.

Let us know if any birds made it to your favorite migrant birding spot today, we would love to hear from you all. Please click here to leave your sightings.

Nature is Awesome,
Angel and Mariel



  1. Cape Florida report for today: yet another flyover day but a few more decided to stop than did yesterday: we banded 32 new compared to 21 yesterday. The lineup was different with redstarts & BT blues well represented; these species like to use subtropical barrier island habitat so were not adverse to dropping in for the day to feed. Also the wind was calm at sunrise and for most of the morning so there wasn’t the tempting tailwind of the previous two nights.
    Radar is solid green in the center of the state tonight ; wish I kenw a good raindance this week but the lower humidities have been very nice….

    Forgot to add: whippoorwill calling before sunrise.


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