Posted by: woodcreeper | October 17, 2010 @ 5:59 am

Light flight over Florida

Light northeast winds over the Sunshine State appear to have triggered an equally light flight of birds into most of the peninsula. The exception would be the panhandle which seems to have been more influenced by the heavier migration to our north. Here’s the radar from sunset last night through 5:00am 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

Surface winds across Florida last night were variable, but mostly out of the northeast, while upper-level winds range from 5kts (Tallahassee) to 15kts (Miami). Migration densities were highest in the northern third of the state suggesting that less migrant-ready birds were present in the south last night. Looking north, though, migration densities across the southeastern US were much higher than over Florida which indicates a new crop of migrants heading our way. Given the wind direction and overall trajectory of migrants across Florida last night, west-coast migrant traps should be best today with the highest densities in the Panhandle. Birds over Miami will most likely be dispersed into the greater Everglades, making detection difficult. At the southern extreme, birds could be seen moving down the Florida Keys with little exodus across the Florida Straits, suggesting some piling up down on the islands.

Hopefully Angel and Mariel will be up and running again later this evening, as they replace their sick computer!

Good Birding,

David & The Badbirdz Team


  1. In Kissimmee Today i had the following:

    American Kestrel-3
    Greater Yellowlegs-1 FOS
    Belted Kingfisher-1
    White-eyed Vireo-2
    Yellow-throated Vireo-1
    Blue-headed Vireo-1 FOS
    House Wren-1 FOS
    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher-40+
    Gray Catbird-25+
    Tennessee Warbler-1 FOS
    Northern Parula-2
    Black-and-white Warbler-3
    Yellow-throated Warbler-1
    Pine Warbler-4
    Palm Warbler-LOTS
    Northern Waterthrush-1 FOS
    Common Yellowthroat-3
    American Redstart-2
    Scarlet Tanager-1 FOS
    Swamp Sparrow-2 FOS
    Indigo Bunting-15+

    The male Scarlet Tanager was on a log on the ground right next to a Catbird, this was odd to see.

    -The Teenage Birder

  2. Only had a few minutes to look around, but there was a lot of activity at Matheson today. Best was a blue-winged warbler. I don’t get out enough… Proof- I haven’t seen a blue-winged for several years. Interesting- the last one I saw was basically in the exact same spot, just west of the broken water fountain near the north parking area. I also heard a Carolina wren- nice, since they seemed to have disappeared from the park for a few years.


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