Posted by: NatureIsAwesome | September 14, 2011 @ 1:10 pm

A Short Flight Last Night

This is the radar from 5:00pm last night to 12:00pm today.

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

All Florida radars showed nocturnal migration last night with the heaviest being recorded at the Tallahassee radar. For the most part birds were moving NE–>SW over the state. Radars in the panhandle were picking up birds flying N–>S and out over the Gulf. As you go down the state most radar sites recorded signals as they flew over heading SW. Down in our hood the radars lit up early last night, indicating that lots of birds were on the ground Tuesday. These birds headed SW in a rush and flew over the Keys on their way to Cuba. A small late morning push of migrants seem to have dropped down from the mid-Keys to Key West, maybe some of our Florida Keys Hawkwatch friends can fill us in. While looking at the KW radar we noticed a big exodus of birds from the shores of the Ten Thousand Islands, we presume these signals were given off by shorebirds given their take off point.

So migration was evident over the state but it does not seem that we will have an easy time finding birds as they will most likely be dispersed across favorable feeding habitat. We suspect that tried-and-true traps will be your best bet for today. We look forward to reading reports from you guys, please share your sightings 🙂

Nature is Awesome,
Angel and Mariel


  1. There seems to have been quite an exodus of birds at A.D. Barnes last night, so your prediction for today seems to be spot on:

    1 Yellow-throated Vireo
    13 Red-eyed Vireo
    9 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
    8 Ovenbird
    1 Worm-eating Warbler
    1 Northern Waterthrush
    1 Black-and-white Warbler
    3 Northern Parula
    2 Black-throated Blue Warbler
    2 Yellow-throated Warbler
    8 Prairie Warbler
    1 Summer Tanager



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