Posted by: NatureIsAwesome | September 30, 2011 @ 8:07 am

A Big Flight Into The Southeast

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

Sorry guys but we are not going to be able to post an interpretation right now. Just know that lots of birds were in the air last night, making up what looks like to be the biggest flight of the season. Hit your local migrant traps and report back what you see.

Nature is Awesome,
Angel and Mariel


  1. Yesterday, 9/29, I stopped at Matheson in the morning to pay more attention to all the thrushes that have been around this week and found a Wood Thrush along the service road just past the puddles. There were still a lot of Swainson’s Thrushes around, but only a few warblers. I only checked the service road.

    This morning, 9/30, I only checked the east side to see if any significant number of birds had dropped during the night. There was very little around. A male Scarlet Tanager in the same area where I saw it 3 days ago, a Yellow-throated Warbler, a Parula, a Redstart, a Prairie, a Swainson’s Thrush, a calling Summer Tanager, and lots of R-E Vireos.

    Forecast is for north winds tonight and tomorow, N-NE tomorrow night, NE Sunday and Monday and increasing, and E-NE Tuesday and increasing even more. Not optimal to cause birds to drop in our area, so we may have a lean beginning to October. If we’re really lucky, we’ll have winds shifting ahead of another front later next week with a S-SW component in the winds. I’m still waiting for Warbler Valhalla II. It seems to get further and further away with every migration.

    • Don’t be so negative, geez! The birds will come 🙂 Get out this weekend and look around, lots of signals on radar last night.

  2. A visit in the morning at A.D. Barnes Park produced a nice assortment of warblers and migrants. With the Pine Warblers, Palm Warblers, and Gray Catbird, it almost felt like winter birding!:

    1 Yellow-billed Cuckoo
    1 White-eyed Vireo
    1 Yellow-throated Vireo
    15 Red-eyed Vireo
    6 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
    1 Swainson’s Thrush
    1 Gray Catbird
    4 Ovenbird
    2 Black-and-white Warbler
    1 Prothonotary Warbler
    3 American Redstart
    10 Northern Parula
    1 Blackburnian Warbler
    2 Black-throated Blue Warbler
    1 Palm Warbler
    3 Pine Warbler
    3 Yellow-throated Warbler
    5 Prairie Warbler
    3 Scarlet Tanager
    2 Baltimore Oriole



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