Posted by: NatureIsAwesome | October 10, 2011 @ 5:50 am

As The Wheel Keeps Churning

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

After a couple of nights of little to no migration over Fl a break in the clouds tempted some rouge birds to migrate. As the low pressure system tracked north up the coast last night it came onshore near Cape Canaveral continuing a path NW towards Gainesville. This low produced torrential rain at times as well as gale force winds. The system is losing steam while it is over land so we don’t expect much development in the coming hours. With parts of the state clear of rain, birds took advantage as can be seen on both Miami and Key West radar. Both stations recorded signals heading roughly N->S, Miami radar had a bit of NW->SE early into the night. If the coast is clear get out and check it out, maybe the wicked easterlies that persisted for days pushed something in. Matheson should see some birders so we should know if there are birds around. The Yellow-green Vireo was still present as of yesterday morning! South Dade seems to always be pretty good after storms pass through, a check of Lucky Hammock/Annex may be fruitful. Birds should be dispersed through the habitat making it harder to find quantity but you may find quality. Let us know what you see out there today.

In the following days we expect a large push of migrants south. Forecast models are starting to collaborate and we should start to see migrants heading south as early as tonight. A cold front should be showing up on the map by Wed-Thurs but not a whole lot of convection is expected with this front. We should see a crisp NNE winds behind the front which should result in a sweet flight. This week is shaping up to be a great week of birding if conditions remain, we will wait and see what the migration gods have in store, soon!

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Nature is Awesome,
Angel and Mariel


  1. Slow day at Barnes for this date. I thought that after the complete washout on Saturday and part of Sunday there’d be lots of birds around. Barnes had enought stuff to keep you busy, but no real numbers and diversity consisted of all the expected. 14 warbler species with Blackburnian being best. Other birds included Y-B Cuckoo, Swainson’s Thrush, Y-T, W-E, and R-E Vireo, Summer and Scarlet Tanagers, and Baltimore Orioles. Grey Catbirds were around. The only double-digit warbler was palm, so the tail-end of migration is definitely here. Hopefully this week we’ll see a nice, big push to finish things off on a high note. Otherwise, we’ll have to wait till next fall (I’ve already decided I won’t bird spring migration in S. FL anymore).

    • That sounds like a nice morning of birding Toe. Birds were blocked to the north by the same system that dropped all the rain on us this weekend. As the system moves off to the NW tonight and an approaching front makes its way SE we should see a nice influx of birds within the next three days. Our expectations for this week is the following scenario, *rubbing the genie lamp* Rain moves to the west and out of migrants way in the Appalachian’s, a north wind blows over the Apps and migrants fly, BIG TIME!, We should feel southerly winds until a west shift on Thursday night before winds possible change in favor of the migrants on Friday. If we have some rain which is always possible down here then maybe birds will stack up. We can only wait and see what happens.

      Nature is Awesome
      Angel & Mariel


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