Posted by: NatureIsAwesome | September 27, 2011 @ 10:46 am

Migrants Continue To Push South; Look Out FL Keys!

This is the radar from 5:00pm last night to 6:00am 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

Last night was another night of variable winds and decent migration amid the rain. The FL Keys look especially great for birding today. Rain passed over the chain of islands as birds were overhead. With the lack of tailwinds, we expect these migrants to have halted migration and grounded themselves to avoid flying in the blinding rain. During the hours of 1am and 3am winds increased with a shift from the NE to SE for a short while until a SSW trend took place. Rain was intense on radar during these hours. All these factors in place coupled with the fact that the islands are the last refuge for migrants before they embark on the crossing of the FL Straits; a fall-out of sorts may have taken place. Mark, Rafael, Jim? Any birds in the KEYS?!

Miami radar had some influx and less of an outflow, birds may be dispersed throughout the habitat making them harder to find. Coastal locations look best once again as birds we moving in from the N and the NW. Rain offshore could have helped us out in getting some birds today. Look out for reports from the Cape or Matheson. South Dade should be interesting as birds were moving into the area as well, Manfredi are you around?

The rest of the state had some moderate to light migration as conditions were not optimal to the north. A new batch of migrants should be on the move by the end of the week. We expect another good weekend for passerine migration and hopefully an increase in raptors for our friends at the FL Keys Hawkwatch to tally up.

Get out and give it a look. Tell us what you are seeing out there.

Nature is Awesome,
Angel and Mariel


  1. A.D. Barnes was very birdy this morning throughout, with an interesting mix that included thirteen warbler species, tanagers, orioles, and thrushes. Highlights included a feeding flock in the strangler figs near the pond containing Prothonotary, Chestnut-sided, and Blackburnian Warbler plus two Baltimore Orioles and a Scarlet Tanager. In the pineland area, there was a mini ‘flock’ of tanagers that included both Summer and Scarlet.

    1 Ruby-throated Hummingbird
    36 Red-eyed Vireo (conservative — they were literally everywhere)
    10 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
    2 Swainson’s Thrush
    16 Ovenbird
    2 Worm-eating Warbler
    2 Northern Waterthrush
    3 Black-and-white Warbler
    1 Prothonotary Warbler
    10 Common Yellowthroat
    6 American Redstart
    8 Northern Parula
    1 Blackburnian Warbler
    1 Chestnut-sided Warbler
    5 Black-throated Blue Warbler
    2 Yellow-throated Warbler
    10 Prairie Warbler
    5 Summer Tanager
    2 Scarlet Tanager
    4 Baltimore Oriole


    • It had been raining all through the night. I got up especially early hoping it might clear up by the time I was ready to leave. I arrived to the Thatch Palm Forest and Curry Hammock just when the rain dissipated – close to 7:15am.
      At first hike, the hammock seemed quiet, but birds were soon evident. I knew we were in for something special when I heard and watch large flocks of thrushes tear into the hammock and land all around me. Soon after I heard and saw a Dickcissel overhead and make landfall nearby – I would see a second later and hear more. Bobolinks were on the move also. Veery’s were vocal. I could have stayed the entire morning, but there was a hawkwatch I had to attend, who know what else was in there!!!

      Sightings include:
      Black-throated Blue
      Hooded (at least 4)
      Cape May
      Swainson’s Warblers
      Northern Waterthrush
      Red-eyed Vireo
      White-eyed Vireo
      Veery (various)
      Swainson’s Thrush (various)
      Rose-breasted Grosbeak
      Dickcissel (at least 2)

      One of the most interesting details was watching a male Hooded Warbler catch a small Brown Anole, of about an inch in length, and swallow it whole. I have never seen such behavior before.

      Oh, and also, the Florida Keys Hawkwatch was happening. Check out our latest post:

    • Sounds like an amazing morning, wish we could have been there! Your reports from Curry Hammock are awesome to see as we do not have much support in the Keys. We will keep on looking forward to your sightings and observations this fall.

      Nature is Awesome
      Angel & Mariel


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