Posted by: NatureIsAwesome | September 17, 2011 @ 6:00 am

NAMC Count Day – Tally Up ‘Em Birds :)

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

High Pressure is still in place over S. FL as of last night but is on the move east into the Atlantic.  Good news is that once the high pressure system moves off to sea it will allow for a cold front to bring down some birds next week.  This may be the first cold front to make it all the way to S. FL this fall, and with it will be migrants on the move.

Winds throughout most of the state were northeasterly all night which pushed birds out to the west coast and eventually out over the Gulf.  Radars across the panhandle recorded the heaviest density of birds overhead.  Most velocity radars besides the Miami radar showed birds flying NEàSW , over Miami birds were flying NàS.  With these steering winds in place we expect the best birding along the west coast of the state and inland sites elsewhere around the peninsula.  Some organized showers over Key West moving west to Dry Tortugas may bring down migrants as they fly into the rain.  If anyone is birding the KW or the Tortugas please share your sightings.  Enjoy your NAMC day and find some killer birds to add to the count.

Nature is Awesome,
Angel and Mariel


  1. Last night the cold front passed over St Johns Co and dropped significant
    rain. This morning I have seen a Blue-winged warbler, Redstart, Eastern
    Wood-Pewee, Summer Tanager, and several Red-eyed Vireos in my back
    yard. Yesterday, I went to Guana park and found numerous Red-eyed and
    White-eyed vireos, but strangely did not find a single warbler in the trees in
    2 hours. I did find 3 Northern Waterthrush and a Parula in a brushy,
    nearly dry creek bed.

    I posted this to let people know that there are birds dropping out behind
    the front in NE Florida and they should be heading south.

    Gary Davis
    St Johns, Florida


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