Posted by: NatureIsAwesome | May 11, 2011 @ 8:19 am

Late Season Migration Over Florida

This is the radar from 5:00pm last night to 7:30am 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

Big movement over the state last night. Winds were light and mostly SSE giving birds a tailwind as well as moving them into the interior of the state. A big exodus out of the Greater Everglades seemed to have made it as far as Gainesville over night. The southerly winds gave birds that departed farther north a huge push. A low pressure system is churning north of the state with the frontal boundary over the Carolinas and northern Georgia. This frontal system caused some blockage up in those states and could have bunched up birds into the Appalachians.
With an easterly component to the winds we expect the bulk of migrants to be found at inland sites but with no precipitation it may be harder to locate big numbers. Birds will be dispersed over the landscape today and will probably continue to move north through the day as they search for better foraging habitat. Best bet today will be tried-and-true spring migrant traps or mature hardwood forests that will hold the food necessary for a refuel.

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Nature is Awesome,
Angel and Mariel



  1. I went over to Bill Baggs between 2 and 4 pm on Wednesday. I really wanted to see bobolinks- but they weren’t in the location they are this time of year.. Instead the park was full of a few species of warblers. Black-throated blue (mainly females) were everywhere. Every strangler fig I stopped at had lots. Many were hopping around with strangler fig berries pierced through thier beaks- pretty funny looking. Redstarts were equally numerous. I had at least 5 different n. waterthrush in various areas. Common yellowthroat and blackpoll were also numerous. It was hard to pick out anything else because of the large numbers of these four species. I did get a really nice Cape May male, a spare parula, and I thought I heard (but didn’t see) a palm- but I figured it was too late for them. No connecticut..I saw briefly what looked like a red-eyed vireo. Just a minute later I got excellent looks at a black-whiskered. I also heard one in song near the pay station. Speaking of song, before I left many black-throated blues were singing thier beer beer bee song. I was surprised at how numerous common ground doves were. I saw many pairs (at least five). Three catbirds were seen also. I covered the paved path, the rough trail that parellels it, the scout campground, and the bike path to the pay station.


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