Posted by: NatureIsAwesome | October 5, 2010 @ 8:14 am

A Bit Of Migration Over The State

Northerly flow kept most migrants stationary last night, although small movements were evident on both the Miami and Key West radars. This is the radar from 5:00pm last night to 6:30am 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

Light migration was seen across the state last night. The lack of influx of birds means little change on the ground will be evident today. Two small movements were visible on radar last night; the first was over the Miami area down to Homestead, and the second from Cape Sable / southern Everglades down to the Lower Keys. The movement over Miami is interesting and makes us think about it for a bit. Birds took off at sunset but put down pretty soon thereafter. Storms were hovering to the SE over the Bahamas moving east over the night. We wonder if these birds could see the impending weather in the distance if lighting was embedded within these offshore storms. This could have made them think twice about a flight over the straights and caused them to drop down early.

So if there are any birders out out birding from the Everglades to the Keys, it would be awesome to hear from you. Wondering if there were any localized movements that were noticeable on the ground.

Please leave your sightings here.

Nature is Awesome,
Angel and Mariel



  1. Three Scarlet Tanager (Piranga olivacea) in fall plumage quiet and resting high
    in oaks over amphitheater at 3PM 11/4/10 in Mead Garden, Winter Park, FL.

    David Foley

  2. Yesterday I had a small green bird in poor light that I thought was a painted bunting but wasn’t sure because it’s two months earlier than my previous years’ earliest sighting. Today (Oct. 5) both a green and a male arrived at my feeder.

    I’m excited to have them come so early. Rockledge is eight miles from the Atlantic coast just west of Cocoa Beach in central Florida.

    Steve Coester

  3. Hi All,

    Tom Riggs and I birded some parts of Starkey Park this morning and the highlihgt was an immature Blue-winged Warbler, seen in the massive Oak along the trail to the “Cotee” River. The bird was not seen on our walk back through the area. Other species of note include the following:

    Bald Eagle 1 adult
    Acadian Flycatcher 1 calling it’s typical call
    Brown-headed Nuthatch 4
    Gray Catbird 53
    Magnolia Warbler 1
    Summer Tanager 4

    Good Birding!!

    Dave Gagne


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