Posted by: NatureIsAwesome | May 22, 2011 @ 1:08 pm

More Birds On Tap; North Of FL That Is

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

Miami radar was down last night; again! All other stations around FL seem to be up and running though. Key West radar picked up a small influx of migrants coming off the Caribbean. Nothing big but it was something. With Miami radar being down we could not examine what really happened but we expect more of the same as conditions have not changed much from yesterday. Inland locations will be best today as they were yesterday. A Chestnut-sided Warbler was seen at AD Barnes Park which is well inland. We had a chance to visit the park and observe this rare visitor during spring. Awesome bird; during fall small numbers of CSWA are seen but they are sporting their dull fall plumage. It was nice to see the chestnut sides as the name implies 🙂

The SE composite radar showed most activity along the eastern side of the state. Jacksonville radar picked up lots of pulses moving SSW–NNE thus putting birds in Georgia and both S & N Carolina. It would be awesome to hear from any birders in these states. All in all birds are on the move north and less and less birds are seen coming in from the Caribbean. Spring migration is dwindling and will become more evident as the days go by for us in Florida. Shorebird migration is about to ramp up in a bit and soon we will be braving the 100°+ sweltering heat to find an American Golden Plover or Wilson’s Phalarope. We can’t wait to be scouring the fields in NW Palm Beach in search of these FL rarities.

We will be going off line soon and will only be posting the radar if something unexpected happens. We will still be sharing thoughts about migration and other interesting posts about bird migration through out the summer. It has been an awesome spring migration for the birds but not the best for birders in FL this spring. That only means the fall migration will be nothing short of spectacular. We are very happy to see encouraging reports from up north that the birds made it in early this year, lets all hope for a successful breeding season for all of our feathered friends. Remember bird migration never really stops, birds are always on the move; it’s a fast paced life for the birds we love so much.

Nature is Awesome,
Angel and Mariel


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