Posted by: NatureIsAwesome | October 1, 2011 @ 5:57 am

Major Birdage Over Florida!

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

Lots and lots of birds were aloft last night. A big push just ahead of the front is visible on the SE radar heading south. We will post more about the radar later, have to get out to band.

Nature is Awesome,
Angel and Mariel



  1. This morning I birded Guana park (on A1A north of St Augustine) to see if
    the front that passed through last night brought any birds. I had a mere 6
    species of warblers and Magnolia was the only notable one. Plenty of Palm
    and a few B&W, Northern Waterthrush, Common Yellowthroat, and
    Redstarts. I saw several newly arrived Indigo Buntings and a few Scarlet
    Tanagers. The best bird of the day was a juvenile Black-billed Cuckoo that
    briefly popped out on an oak limb on the Blue Trail boardwalk section. It
    was 25 yards north of the roofed over bench, if anyone wants to look for it.

    I was out at Guana Thursday and Friday as well and did a hawk watch
    inland at the first boardwalk observation area (rather than at the north
    beach platform where the falcon watch occurs). Both days I had a couple
    Red-tailed Hawks and Northern Harriers as well as several Eagles.
    Yesterday I had 2 Peregrine Falcons. Both days I had a couple Broad-
    winged Hawks. Most were light morph Juveniles, but I had 1 Intermediate
    morph juvenile fly right over low yesterday, as I was leaving. These are
    very rare to see here. They were seen soaring up in the thermals in a
    kettle with the vultures, between 10:30 and 11:30. I saw none today with
    the cool temperature and strong northeast winds.

    Gary Davis
    St Johns, Florida

    • Thanks for the great report Gary! With clear skies and a nice tailwind birds took to the skies last night. Jacksonville radar picked up lots of migrants flying over but it also showed that most everything was flying high and over the radar rather than into the radar beam. Yesterday we had a juvi Black-billed Cuckoo here in Miami, sweet bird for this area. Today was a good day of birding and banding down here in Miami. We ended the day with 20 species of warbler and new arrivals of Indigo and Painted Buntings and Black-throated Green Warbler. The north winds are triggering big flights that have the capacity to fly long distances and leap frog most of us all together.

      Hope to see you on here often 🙂

      Nature is Awesome
      Angel & Mariel

  2. I like your new tabs! The Hawkwatch and Green Key Funnel are great additions. Hoping the front brings lots of nice migrants tomorrow.

    Susan Daughtrey

  3. Well Ive relocated to the Tallahassee area and my new place to bird is Indianhead Park. Today I saw the following migrants:

    Acadian Flycatcher-3
    Least Flycatcher-1
    White-eyed Vireo-5
    Red-eyed Vireo-8
    Swainson’s Thrush-3
    American Robin-1
    Gray Catbird-1
    Worm-eating Warbler-1
    Northern Waterthrush-1
    Black-and-white Warbler-1
    Tennessee Warbler-5
    Hooded Warbler-3
    American Redstart-4
    Northern Parula-4
    Magnolia Warbler-1
    Chestnut-sided Warbler-1 male
    Yellow-throated Warbler-1
    Summer Tanager-1
    Scarlet Tanager-1
    Indigo Bunting-1

    The Teenage Birder
    Tallahassee, FL


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