Posted by: NatureIsAwesome | April 30, 2011 @ 5:45 am

As The Front Rolls By

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

We don’t have time to post an interpretation this morning. We are off to go band. Jacksonville showed birds leaving the state. While other birds dispersed over Central Florida and seem to have flown out to the west. Miami radar did show some small to moderate influx at one point of the night after the front cleared to the south. The front cleared the state by early evening which could be the reason birds were not seen on the Key West radar. With these conditions the best birding may be found at tried-and-true Spring migrant traps. Good birding to all.

Nature is Awesome,
Angel and Mariel



  1. John Ogden and I led a South Florida trip for an excellent group of folks from Audubon Pennsylvania from April 25 to 29 in what turned out to be a great week of birding!
    We covered select portions of Everglades National Park, South Dade, the Keys and Dry Tortugas. It was a wonderful time spent with the dynamic group of 18 nature enthusiasts who joined John and I in wild bird chases, swamp mucking, ornithology discussions and presentations, celebration of J.J. Audubon’s b-day, and much more birding.
    Big thanks go to Jerry Lorenz and Pete Fezza at Tavernier Science Center for welcoming us and preparing an excellent presentation on Roseate Spoonbill, and following discussions on Everglades restoration.

    We encountered many excellent birds including:

    Pied-billed Grebe
    Audubon’s Shearwater
    Masked Booby
    Brown Booby
    Northern Gannet
    Brown Pelican
    Double-crested Cormorant
    Magnificent Frigatebird
    Least Bittern
    Great Blue Heron
    Great White Heron (also Wurdemann’s Heron)
    Great Egret
    Snowy Egret
    Little Blue Heron
    Tricolored Heron
    Reddish Egret
    Cattle Egret
    Green Heron
    Yellow-crowned Night Heron
    White Ibis
    Glossy Ibis
    Roseate Spoonbill
    Wood Stork
    Black Vulture
    Turkey Vulture
    Mottled Duck
    Red-breasted Merganser
    Swallow-tailed Kite
    Bald Eagle
    Northern Harrier
    Sharp-shinned Hawk
    Cooper’s Hawk
    Red-shouldered Hawk
    Red-tailed Hawk
    Purple Gallinule
    Common Moorhen
    American Coot
    Black-bellied Plover
    Semipalmated Plover
    Black-necked Stilt
    Greater Yellowlegs
    Spotted Sandpiper
    Ruddy Turnstone
    Semipalmated Sandpiper
    Least Sandpiper
    White-rumped Sandpiper
    Short-billed Dowitcher
    Long-billed Dowitcher
    Laughing Gull
    Ring-billed Gull
    Royal Tern
    Roseate Tern
    Least Tern
    Bridled Tern
    Sooty Tern
    Brown Noddy
    Black Skimmer
    Rock Dove
    White-crowned Pigeon
    Eurasian Collared-Dove
    White-winged Dove
    Mourning Dove
    Common Ground Dove
    Monk Parakeet
    Yellow-billed Cuckoo
    Mangrove Cuckoo (stellar looks by everyone!)
    Eastern Screech-Owl
    Burrowing Owl
    Common Nighthawk
    (our nemesis bird was the Antillean Nighthawk. I had seen and heard them in Marathon on the 24th, the day prior to meeting the group, but despite MANY excursions to parking lots, airports and ball parks, the group bombed-out on this species. Something saved for a return trip!)
    Chimney Swift
    Belted Kingfisher
    Red-bellied Woodpecker
    Downy Woodpecker
    Northern Flicker
    Pileated Woodpecker
    Great Crested Flycatcher
    Eastern Kingbird
    Gray Kingbird
    Loggerhead Shrike
    White-eyed Vireo
    Red-eyed Vireo
    Black-whiskered Vireo
    Blue Jay
    American Crow
    Purple Martin
    Northern Rough-winged Swallow
    Cliff Swallow
    Cave Swallow (Caribbean)
    Barn Swallow
    Carolina Wren
    House Wren
    Gray Catbird
    Northern Mockingbird
    European Starling
    Common Myna
    Tennessee Warbler
    Northern Parula
    Yellow Warbler (gundlachi)
    Magnolia Warbler
    Cape May Warbler
    Black-throated Blue Warbler
    Black-throated Green Warbler
    Yellow-throated Warbler
    Prairie Warbler
    Palm Warbler
    Blackpoll Warbler
    Black-and-white Warbler
    American Redstart
    Worm-eating Warbler
    Northern Waterthrush
    Louisiana Waterthrush
    Common Yellowthroat
    Hooded Warbler
    Summer Tanager
    Savannah Sparrow
    Cape Sable Seaside Sparrow
    Northern Cardinal
    Indigo Bunting
    Painted Bunting
    Red-winged Blackbird
    Eastern Meadowlark
    Common Grackle
    Boat-tailed Grackle
    Shiny Cowbird
    Bronzed Cowbird
    Brown-headed Cowbird
    House Sparrow

    Good Luck to all!



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