Posted by: NatureIsAwesome | October 15, 2010 @ 1:15 pm

Big Migration Event

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

Computer is having trouble, big migration last night. Will post later

Nature is Awesome,
Angel and Mariel



  1. Our computer is having trouble today of all days. Big migration over the state last night. The cold front brought the birds with it all the way south this time.

    Broward, Ft. Lauderdale, Boca spots may look good. Birds seem to have put down along the SE coast, maybe the Ladies of the Cape had an influx today. The reminance of Hurricane Laura was to our south while birds were coming down. It was set up for yet another chance at a fall-out but it seems as if the weather was out of sync. The rain bands passed to our south early enough where birds still headed out over the straights after the danger had passed.

    Should be an interesting day, let us know what is around. Please post your sightings. A &M

  2. Nice site!
    About 6:30 pm there was a nice assortment of birds in the yard. I have a small fountain and a black-throated blue male and female were bathing there. They then went to a puddle nearby and were joined by another male. Right away, sliding down the cable wire to join them was a stunning male hooded warbler! There also were a few common yellowthroats and an ovenbird in the yard also. They were really tame- the hooded at one point was less than 3 feet away, checking me out. Its getting dark, but they are all still there. When I see a lot of activity in my yard (Little Havana area) I know its a good migration day!

  3. Here in Central Florida we had a nice assortment of migrants.The birds arrived throughout the morning with the best birds showing up around 12:30, many palms and pines and had my FOS yellow rumps, best birds were at least 3 Bay Breasted seen by most birders in Mead Gardens in Winter Park part of a flock of at least 11 speices which included Magonolia, Black Throated Green, Tennessee, B+W, and Black TW Blue. We added a Yellow Billed Cuckoo and some Indigo Buntings later. Good Birding BK

  4. Curry Hammock Hawkwatch
    Little Crawl Key, Florida, USA
    Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 16, 2010
    Species Day’s Count Season Total
    —————— ———– ————– ——-Osprey 5 325
    Bald Eagle 5 16
    Northern Harrier 43 346
    Sharp-shinned Hawk 114 889
    Cooper’s Hawk 45 127
    Swainson’s Hawk 12 20
    Short-tailed Hawk 1 2
    Red-shouldered Hawk 1 13
    Broad-winged Hawk 125 2959
    American Kestrel 88 941
    Merlin 11 96
    Peregrine Falcon 105 1038
    Unknown Accipiter 5 31
    Unknown Falcon 1 47
    Unknown Raptor 12 115

    Total: 1702 7004

    Consistent strong winds above the teens (km/h) throughout the day, coming out of the NNW earlier, and primarily out of the north during the
    afternoon. Cloud cover varied substantially throughout the day, visibility was limited to 3km during times of high humidity. Cooler wind out of the north created low misty conditions as it mixed with local climate at high altitudes.

    Raptor Observations:
    Best day of the season in terms of numbers. Diversity excellent, except all kites were not present – it is getting late for them, although 6 MIKI yesterday). Good numbers of Swainson’s Hawks (12), and excellent Broad-wing (1036). Good numbers in general for N. Harrier, Sharp-shinned, Cooper’s, American Kestrel, and Peregrine Falcon.

    Non-raptor Observations:
    Good flights of Rough-winged Swallows. Palm Warblers were around in good numbers. A Great Crested Flycatcher was seen coming in from the Atlantic, mid-morning. At dusk, a dull-winged nighthawk passed by going south, low over the Keys Marine Lab (residence), Lesser Nighthawk-like but unclear, and completely silent.

    Observation start time: 09:00:00
    Observation end time: 17:00:00
    Total observation time: 8 hours

    Official Counters: Rafael Antonio Galvez, Katie Lyons

    Many visitors graced the hawkwatch today. At various points, there were several great eyes watching from the platform, including Mark Hedden, who came accompanied by no other than Carl Goodrich and Murray Gardler; the trio joined the official counters for most of the afternoon. Additionally, Paddy Cunningham and 8 birders from Audubon of Everglades passed by for a
    while (Valleri Braner, Paton White, Deb Smith, Marcia Yaip, John Curlew, Mary Curlew, Valorie Larson and Nick Campbell; and a birder couple from Miami, Marc Kramer and Eliana Ardila.

    • My mistake during this entry, the Broad-winged Hawk numbers for the day should NOT be 125, but 1255 – huge difference. Sorry for the sloppiness, long and tiring day, but what a day!


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