Posted by: NatureIsAwesome | October 6, 2010 @ 8:33 am

Light Migration Over FL

This is the radar from 5:00pm last night to 7:00am 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

North winds are killing us through out the State. Down here in Miami winds are coming form the NE and are impressive with winds averaging 25 knts with gusts upward of 30 knts. Winds like these do not produce the best birding conditions. The last front that came through seems to have pushed most neo-trop and Trans-gulf migrants right on passed us. A good thing for the birds and not so good for the awaiting birders. Here in Miami it may be worth a trip to the coast and look for birds pushed in by the winds. Raptors are also on the move, they love to move on N winds. The amount of Turkey Vultures have been increasing here on campus for about three days now. Falcons have really made their presence known here as well with as many as three Peregrine over us at one time lately.

Have a great day and good birding everyone, migrants are still trickling in but in small numbers; awaiting winter arrivals.

Nature is Awesome,
Angel and Mariel


  1. Hi All,

    Carolyn McKinney and I birded some areas along the coast today in West Pasco County and our highlights were the following: (FOS=First of Season)

    Old Dixie Highway, Aripeka:

    Northern Harrier 2
    Merlin 1
    Yellow Warbler 3

    Werner-Boyce Salt Springs SP (Scenic Drive Entrance):

    American White Pelican 87 (souring thier way southeast) FOS
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1 (FOS)

    Gulf Harbors Golf Course, New Port Richey:

    Blue-winged Teal 9
    Northern Shoveler 2 (FOS)
    Green-winged Teal 1 female kind of early for this area (FOS)
    STILT SANDPIPER 1 bird has drooping wing, but can still fly
    Tree Swallow 35
    Bank Swallow 1
    Barn Swallow 25

    Good Birding!!

    Dave Gagne

  2. SFBO banded 8 birds yesterday, including two PABU.
    Today, 45 new birds of ten species! They were in small feeding flocks, over half were BTBW, everybody was in good shape, hight fat and pectoral scores. There was a little bit of rain off shore to the east of us this morning, only reason we can think of the dramatic change in number of birds around today. NNE winds were intense here.

  3. Something happened last night to put 45 birds into nets at Cape Florida today; mostly black-throated blues. This compares to 8 banded yesterday (Oct 5). I am noticing tonight’s departures are heaviest from Miami relative to the rest of the SE radars.


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