Posted by: NatureIsAwesome | March 28, 2011 @ 10:30 am

Big Low over Gulf & Central FL; Migrant Concentrations Possible

This is the radar from 5:00pm last night to 11:00am 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

Not much time to post right now but a big low has entered FL from the west imbedded with strong storm cells producing Gail force wind gusts and loads of rain with possibility of hail through out Central Florida. Birds did take off from Cuba and the Caribbean headed N-NNW and seemed to have put down just ahead of the squall lines. Naples area may see some substantial migrant pile up due to the rains just north of the area. Anyone south of the weather system stands a good chance of seeing some incoming migrants as they will not fly through the band of thunderstorms associated with the front. This will effectively shut down migration and cause birds to land which could result in fallout conditions along the frontal edge.

Birders in the western panhandle may see some fall out conditions as well if birds took off on a trans-gulf migration last night. Northerly winds behind the front could cause birds to slow in their approach and therefore will likely hit the coast instead of flying inland. Concentrations would be augmented by rain of course so if any rain comes in between the birds and land; birds will materialize at migrant traps such as Fort Morgan and Dauphin Island, AL as well as Gulf Breeze. Let’s hope we hear from the Duncan’s with a report of the birding conditions in the area.
Get out and bird if you can and come back and share your sightings with the rest of the Florida radar birding community! Please leave comments on how this weather system affected your birding today and if birds were in your area

Nature is Awesome,
Angel and Mariel


  1. Quiet south of where all the birds ended up… I think last night it was like a vacuum instead of birds dropping out of the sky…

    30 mins at Sadowski produced:

    2 Great Crested
    3 Blue Jay
    2 NOMO
    1 heard Ruby-Throated Hummingbird

    Spring is here!

  2. At 1:30 this afternoon there was a real flurry of activity at my waterfall and
    drip. Apparently dropping out of the not-so-clear-blue-sky were many
    Yellow-rumped, bringing with them a Catbird and the following warblers: Black &
    White, Prothonotary, and a kinda late Orange-crowned, and quite a few Parulas.

    Oops, more: Palm (2), Blue-headed Vireo, Pine Warbler, several RC Kinglets.

    Keep you posted.

    So it appears that smaller things are moving through to go along with Meret’s

    Julie Cocke
    South Jax

  3. Found a Red-eyed Vireo on way to park this AM at the Chevron station on US 1. Yellow-throated Vireo is calling as I type this moment. Great crested Flycatcher returned to ‘hood this past Sat. Three Chuck Will’s Widows were calling on Sat AM within park perimeters! Tree and Barn Swallows continue charge north. Fewer but still very present accipters and falcons going north today. Once again large flocks of Great Blue Herons heading north. Spotted a 22 bird flock of Anhingas circling over the marsh today as well. A Merlin decided to stop over on a high stump next to road on my walk to the Outpost. Able to get a bunch of photos before I spooked it totally. A male and female Red-breasted Merganser pair is still floating around near the boat dock. The flock of 25-30 Cedar Waxings still circle the trees at the park.

    The Bald Eagle babies (twins) are finally branching and flapping so they should be taking flight before too long. Watched the female Great Horned Owl take a sand bath on the wouthward net lane the other day so they are around but next location still unknown. And a Spotted Sandpiper is in the usual spring location on the rocks
    near the dock.

    The south side of the park is far more active than Helicopter Island. Counted 44 different species calling, seen or flying overhead on Sat and caught our first Indigo Bunting of the spring. We caught 2 Western Palm Warblers, a Northern Parula, several Common Yellowthroat, 2 Swamp Sparrows, catbirds, a Hermit Thrush and locals so far on Sundays. The whole park has lots of birds higher up, as usual, so birding is very good overall.

    The Tufted Titmice babies in my yard have hatched and am watching the parents carry green caterpillars to the nest box. And “Baby Girl”, my Ruby-throated Hummingbird is still here. I checked her departure date from last year, April 4, so it won’t be long.

    American Goldfich are at the feeders continuously along with 2 liggering Chippies. Only one finch has shown significant color change yet.

    Meret S Wilson
    Ormond Beach, FL
    TBBS, Tomoka State Park

  4. About a dozen species in the back yard this morning after the rain let up.
    Most notable the Painted Bunting, Indigo (pair), and the Rufous Hummingbird
    that continues to surprise me. He has made 4 disappearing acts in the past 2
    weeks but keeps on showing back up.

    Bit of cheer on a rainy day.
    Joe Misiaszek
    Lakeland, FL

  5. 3/29, Matheson Hammock east side, from north parking lot to picnic area: not a single birds seen or heard anywhere. Very windy, and with such few birds not worth checking out other areas. This is consistent with the results Bill and Trey got yesterday. Wherever the migrants are, they are not here!


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