Posted by: NatureIsAwesome | September 9, 2011 @ 8:05 am

It’s My Birthday and I’ll Fly If I Want To

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

A stalled front over Central FL has shunned migration the last few nights but started to boogie back NE yesterday allowing birds to take advantage of the favorable winds and weather. Variable winds at the surface coupled with pleasant upper level winds triggered some heavy migration across much of the SE. Radar sites in Jacksonville, Tampa and even Melbourne were recording heavy migration overhead around 3:00am. Birds were mostly flying S-SSW down the peninsula but with the lack of precipitation migrants are expected to disperse through out favorable habitat. This of course will make it harder to find big feeding flocks of migrants but there should be plenty of new arrivals to pop up just about anywhere today. Key West radar picked up an impressive flight heading SW over the islands. Many of these birds took off from the shores along the Ten Thousand Islands and the Greater Everglades region. We expect these birds to be shorebirds judging their launch sites. Tried-and-true migrant traps are the place to be today. We await reports from YOU the readers and birders, you all are the life of this site. Please share your sightings as they are instrumental in the better improvement of these interpretations we post. Together we can all paint the picture of migration over FL.

Wishing Mariel a very Happy Birthday today and hoping she picks up a great b-day bird! Drop her your birthday wishes and your bird report by clicking on the title of this post and scrolling down to the message box.

Nature is Awesome,
Angel and Mariel


  1. Wishing Dear Mariel a Wonderful Birthday Bird!

    • Thank you so much Dawn!

  2. Here is what I saw at A.D. Barnes yesterday afternoon (9/9):

    9 Red-eyed Vireo
    11 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
    2 Ovenbird
    3 Worm-eating Warbler
    2 Black-and-white Warbler
    1 Tennessee Warbler
    6 American Redstart
    5 Northern Parula
    4 Yellow-throated Warbler
    5 Prairie Warbler

    Good increase in numbers from a couple days ago but no real increase in diversity.

    Happy Birthday Mariel!


  3. Haven’t met you yet, but happy birthday! I saw 3 Tennessee’s and a worm-eating in yard today. Both are new yard birds- although surprised that worm-eating was never noticed before now. Little Havana area,


  4. Happy belated birthday Mariel!
    We got out FOTS RThummer on your birthday.
    It has since been joined by a worm,prairie,redstart,parulas,BGtimewasters,YTwarbler,ReVi,several Tanagers,GCflys and a spectacular Mocker (more news on this later if I can get a decent pic).Still no buntings yet but I’m sure as soon as I leave for Bahia Honda they’ll be swarming the yard.


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