Posted by: NatureIsAwesome | September 28, 2011 @ 11:30 am

Heavy Migration Over FL

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 conditions were in place for a big flight over the SE and into FL. Winds were variable around the state but most stations reported some northerly in the air. A look at Miami velocity radar shows that the trajectory of migrants was N to S but a look at the Keys radar shows a more NE to SW flight trajectory. Farther up the state along the west coast signals could be seen flying way out over the Gulf. These targets took off from the panhandle yesterday on a trans-gulf flight. A buoy 208 nm west of Naples is recording northerly winds as migrants fly over the Gulf. With a tailwind and clear skies they have decided on a nonstop flight to Cuba and South America today.

It is so awesome to be able to see this on radar, this is what it is all about. Passerines and other migrants are putting their lives on the wing to reach a spot where they can survive the harsh winter of the north.

So with the density recorded on radar over the course of the night, birding should be pretty good at migrant traps around the state. Pass by and tell us what you see out there today, we would love to receive more comments and sightings from you the readers and ground truthers 🙂

Nature is Awesome,
Angel and Mariel



  1. Today, I birded Kendall Indian Hammock because of traffic — my original plan was to get to Matheson but there was more mayhem there today than usual. Diversity and numbers were good, with tanagers and thrushes still present along with a Caribbean assortment of warblers:

    3 Yellow-throated Vireo
    13 Red-eyed Vireo
    2 Swainson’s Thrush
    20 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
    5 Ovenbird
    1 Worm-eating Warbler
    1 Northern Waterthrush
    3 Common Yellowthroat
    3 Black-and-white Warbler
    3 American Redstart
    1 Black-throated Blue Warbler
    7 Northern Parula
    2 Yellow-throated Warbler
    9 Prairie Warbler
    1 Scarlet Tanager
    1 Summer Tanager

    Plus, a possible Yellow-bellied Flycatcher — a yellowish Empidonax at the very least.


    • Thanks for your reports Carlos, they are of great help to the Badbirdz Team 🙂

      Nature is Awesome
      Angel & Mariel


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