Posted by: NatureIsAwesome | November 2, 2010 @ 5:07 pm

More Birds On The Way

As we looked at the radar last night it was apparent that birds were moving south in big numbers along the east coast. Birds were moving out of N. and S. Carolina with a S-SE trajectory. Pulses were picked up moving south along the coast as well as just off shore. Some pulses were moving at speeds greater than 30kts indicating that Shorebirds or fast flying birds (ducks,geese etc…)are on the way. With a front on it’s way to FL birding conditions are looking up for this weekend.
Down here in Miami we will be seeing a front pass over on Friday morning which will lower our temps. considerably. This will also bring precipitation in the early morning hours which always ups the chances of concentrations of birds. Winds will start to shift to SE as early as Wednesday and S on Thursday. Thursday night if a flight occurs birds will be pushed over to us in Miami as west winds are in the forecast. After the front rolls through we can expect the winds to shift to a more northerly direction. This weekend should be a great weekend to be birding in Miami.

Here is satellite image of the low/front on it’s way here!

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Angel & Mariel

WOW, that looks nasty! Bring on the birds 🙂

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  1. Time for a sea watch. This is the time of year I had a Sabine’s Gull from Virginia Key last year. Expecting Scoters to make their way down here as they overshoot. Be there or be square.

    Toe

    • I’ve been reading your posts for several migrations now… and I’ve been trying my best to be a better birder but… I have some questions. At the risk of sounding silly, here it goes… To find the warblers and such that are passing through my area (southeast FL, Martin County) where should I look? I know there are the suggested places like state parks and such, but I’m not always able to get there… I would like to think that the birds passing through would land nearly anywhere they perceive as safe – but what exactly is safe? Do they prefer pine flatwoods or oak hammock? Must the area be hundreds of acres (like the parks) or would just a few acres do? I get out to look every so often but haven’t seen much in the way of warblers and am wondering if I’m just not doing it right! I’ve tried the Florida birding websites (Audobon and such) but they just don’t have these type of answers.
      All that said, I always enjoy your posts, and the commenters as well, and have learned a lot (even if I haven’t seen a lot!).
      Cheers,
      Kirsi

  2. Kirsi-

    You’re asking about stopover habitat, and you’re right that where birds land in the morning (nocturnally migrating ones, anyway) is probably more a function of weather conditions than habitat quality. So, if birds are pushed offshore overnight, they’re going to land along the shore at first light- then spend the day trying to find good foraging habitat. Hobe Sound and Blowing Rocks are both good natural areas along the coast which would provide habitat for migrants that might be coming ashore in the morning. In general, hardwood hammocks tend to be more structurally diverse than pine flatwoods, which translates to a higher diversity of prey and forage. This usually means that hammocks will hold a higher diversity of birds which rely on a variety of food and cover resources. Pinewoods do have their specialties, though, but for general migrant diversity stick to the hammocks.

    Habitat islands, such as city parks or cemeteries with some wooded cover, are also great “migrant traps” as they provide the only habitat ‘in town’ in many cases. If you live in an urban area, find the park that fits the above description and head there after a night of heavy regional migration.

    You should also consider joining your local Audubon chapter:
    http://audubonmartincounty.org/index.php
    as they usually offer group trips to good birding locations at optimal times of the year.

    Good Luck- and Good Birding!

    David


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