Posted by: NatureIsAwesome | April 6, 2011 @ 10:37 am

Front Causes Migration Shutdown

This is the radar from 5:00pm last night to 12:30pm today.

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

Last night there were some small movements of migrants around Florida. Rain passed over the Keys and Miami and should have caused some birds to drop with Key West looking best. Birds were aloft in small numbers and seem to have halted their progress over Key West. Miami had some activity after the rain moved into Biscayne Bay so check your local migrant trap for your best chances of seeing birds. Farther up the state there was movement heading west late in the night. In this area coastal locations look best. Fort DeSoto should have some action but not a whole lot. Overall birds were on the move. Looking at reflectivity images it does not appear that the movement will bring masses of birds but new birds definitely should be present at tried-and-true migrant traps. Leave you r comments by clicking on the leave a comment link below. We would love to hear from the many birders that visit the site every day.

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Angel & Mariel

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Angel and Mariel


  1. Hi all: Migration, and other sightings were pretty good at Fort Zachary Taylor in Key West today. The number of birds was not great, but the diversity was there.

    Vireos: Black whiskered, Blue headed ( singing ),Red eyed, White eyed.
    Indigo Bunting, Blue Grosbeak
    Summer Tananger
    Chuck Will’s Widow- as reported by Carl, and his friend.
    Kingbirds: Gray, and Eastern- also at the Botannical Garden.
    Yellow billed Cuckoo
    Sharp-shinned Hawk
    Warblers: Black and White, Black-throated Green, Blue winged, Hooded, ( lots ), Kentucky, Palm, Prairie, Prothonotary, Swainson’s ( as reported by Carl ), Ovenbird.
    Possible Roseate Tern distantly offshore.
    Cheers, Thor

    Thor Manson
    Oliver, B.C.
    currently in Key Largo.

  2. Lorraine and I were at Ft. DeSoto working on a volunteer project so we stopped
    at the Mulberry Tree area on our way out. We only spent 10 minutes there but we
    saw 6) Ruby-throated Hummingbirds, 3) White-eyed Vireo ( 1 singing loudly ), 2
    Palm Warblers, 1 House Wren and a male Summer Tanager. I also saw a single Barn
    Swallow flying over North Beach, a couple of lingering American Kestrels and an
    Eastern Kingbird on the wires near the Tierra Verde Ballfield.

    Don Margeson

    • Really missing the birds. One hooded warbler in Shark valley today. We had three chimney swifts in Sebring on Saturday night.

  3. Hey All-

    Morning started off fairly slow at Ft. Desoto with high winds and cool
    temperatures. However, mid-morning I did start to find some good migrants in
    the East Beach Woods. There were two Pine Siskins in the live Australian
    Pines at the beginning of the trail. They continued to follow me east up
    the trail as I birded. I took some photos, but their determination to stay
    in the tops of the pines and my “so-so” camera provided only decent pics
    (provided below). I also saw:

    Eastern Kingbird 1
    Yellow-throated Vireo 1
    White-eyed Vireo 8
    Northern Parula 1
    Yellow-throated Warbler 2
    Worm-eating Warbler 2
    Black-and-white Warbler 3
    Prairie Warbler 5
    Palm Warbler 25+
    Yellow-rumped Warbler 2
    Indigo Bunting 7
    Orchard Oriole 1

    Did bird the rest of the island briefly, but winds were high and tough
    birding. There were 10+ Ruby-throated Hummingbirds at the Mulberry Tree Area.

    Eric Plage


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