Posted by: woodcreeper | October 23, 2010 @ 5:38 am

Heavy migration into North Florida

Birds were moving into Florida last night, with the bulk of them getting as far south as Fort DeSoto on the west coast. 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

East winds over the Sunshine State last night conveyed birds to the interior and west coast into the morning hours today. The heaviest migration was detected on the string of northern radar stations and dropped off considerably to the south, suggesting that most birds remain in the northern half of the state today. Hotspots along the panhandle and west coast down to Fort DeSoto should be good today, while west coast areas further south should see some new birds but with lower densities than up north.

North Florida birders should keep an eye and ear out for winter finches as we have had a great influx of Pine Siskins and Red-breasted Nuthatches up here in the Northeast. I would expect you’ll be seeing some shortly, if not by the Christmas Bird Count at least.

Southeast Florida was in the “migration shadow” last night with any birds moving over the region heading west of the metropolis. Only a small pulse of birds could be seen pushing out of the ‘Glades and into the Keys this morning- but even small pulses can be detected when the landmass is small- so Keys birders should poke a head out in the garden today (I mean really, it’s Saturday in October! If you’re in the Keys anyway, why wouldn’t you go birding!?)

Good Birding,



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