Posted by: NatureIsAwesome | May 5, 2011 @ 9:45 am

Some Migration Over The State

This is the radar from 5:00pm last night to 8:00am 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 have had a lot of things get in the way these past days and apologize for not posting interpretations on the site. A quick look at the radar shows that the bulk of the migrant have made it up to the breeding grounds which leaves us with the short end of the stick. Birds headed west making places like Fort DeSoto or other hotspots around the Nature Coast your best today. These migrant traps can funnel in birds for your viewing pleasure. The front has made its way down to South FL but precipitation has not been the fronts strong hold. Only a small-scale migration took place last night which makes it harder to find the birds in quantities. Your best bet today would be checking true-and-tried migrant traps but birds should be dispersed over the landscape. Have a great Cinco de Mayo Day and enjoy what migrants are around even if they are far and few between. Good birding to all.

Nature is Awesome,
Angel and Mariel



  1. Hello,

    This morning the warbler flow was very slow from 6:30am till 8:30am at the funnel; but then after Murray and Ray left, the winds changed to strong northeast and waves of warblers started to land in the mangroves and these were stopping to feed which we usually do not see at Green Key. By 9:30am I had counted 177 warblers with 13 species identified with more still flying in.

    37 Blackpoll
    32 American Redstart
    13 Black-and-white
    9 Black-throated Blue
    6 Ovenbird
    4 Cape May
    3 Northern Parula
    3 Palm
    2 Prairie
    2 Magnolia
    1 Northern Waterthrush
    1 Tennessee
    1 Yellow

    Also 26 Bobolink

    Ken Tracey

  2. We finally had some birds fallout off the strong east winds. I didn’t find nearly as many species as Ken did up at Green Key, but it was nice to finally see some birds in quantity. All of the birds I found were feeding heavily in the Mangrove Swamp behind our house, not a single one was out in the oaks in the neighborhood.

    13) American Redstart ( 2 male )
    7) Blackpoll Warbler ( 3 male )
    6) Common Yellowthroat ( 3 male )
    4) Cape May Warbler ( 1 1st spring male )
    1) Ovenbird
    1) Black-and-White Warbler
    1) Gray Catbird ( singing )
    1) Empidonax Flycatcher

    Don Margeson

  3. Beautiful morning at Ft. D! Cloud cover, nice cool breeze… migrants were few and far between but still a good morning. Highlights (for me):

    Black-Throated Blue Warbler = 6 males
    American Redstart = 1 male/1 female
    Northern Parula = 2
    Common Yellowthroat = MANY
    Blackpoll Warbler = 2 males/1 female
    Barn Swallow = 10
    Yellow-Billed Cuckoo = 1
    Savannah Sparrow = 1

    That’s it… Later…


  4. Hi All,

    I checked out Ft. DeSoto Park this morning from 9 AM to 12:30 PM. Best places for warblers were the Mulberry Trees/Fountain & East Beach Woods. Take extra time to look at any of the fruiting Fig or Privet Trees, plus the mangrove-lined ditches for small foraging flocks.

    Tierra Verde Ponds
    6 Redhead
    2 Hooded Merganser
    1 Ruddy Duck – adult male

    Ft. DeSoto Park
    2 Semipalmated Sandpiper – East Beach Turnaround
    1 Yellow-billed Cuckoo
    4 Gray Kingbird
    3 Northern Parula
    3 Cape May Warbler
    22 Black-throated Blue Warbler
    2 Prairie Warbler
    42 Blackpoll Warbler
    1 Black & White Warbler
    20 American Redstart
    2 Ovenbird
    2 Northern Waterthrush
    12 Common Yellowthroat

    Brian Ahern


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