Posted by: NatureIsAwesome | October 17, 2011 @ 5:53 am

Rain, Rain, Go Away; We Want To Bird!

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

Weather has played a major role in the events that have transpired the last few days around S. FL A retreating cold front has worked its way back over S. FL and has dropped lots of rain over the last two days. Birds should have chosen to stay where they were given the constant rain last night. Jacksonville and Melbourne radar were both alive with activity as birds funneled down the Georgia/FL border along the coast. Activity died down early into the night leading us to believe that birds were making a short distance flight. Migrant traps from Amelia Island south to West Palm Beach should have some birds around. Head to coastal migrant traps for quantity and inland sites for the lure of diversity. Of course quantity and diversity can be found just about anywhere so don’t adhere to what we write, check out your own local patch too.

Miami should be great today as well as Key West. You may be able to get a look at that bird that got away yesterday due to the shear numbers. Have fun and stay dry if you can. Please share your sightings with us, we miss hearing from our readers. All you have to do is email us at badbirdz2@hotmail or comment right on the site.

Nature is Awesome,
Angel and Mariel



  1. Our third day of rain here in the Middle Keys. This was the first (and hopefully last) day that we had to close shop at the Florida Keys Hawkwatch this season. The rain only seems to be gaining strength, though the winds we were experiencing last night have toned down.

    We are crossing our fingers for better weather the coming days. What is frustrating is that prior to this weather, we were experiencing some excellent raptor flights, with Accipiters and Kestrels just beginning to pick up and very promising. We only hope floodgates will burst once the rain ceases.

    Frustrated by the awesome reports of passerine migration above (Miami) and below (Key West) us, I stood below our stilted house at the marine lab, scanning the trees at the perimeter of the property, through the curtains of rain, barely managing to keep damp (rather than soaking).

    Despite the downpour, birds were active. A group of nearby Gumbo Limbos had the following teaser:
    Chestnut-sided Warbler (non-breeding f)
    Cape May Warblers
    2 Rose-breasted Grosbeaks
    2 Baltimore Orioles

    Other warbler species and 3 vireos (BTVI, REVI, WEVI) were on a group of nearby Buttonwoods. We have also seen up to 5 Scissor-tailed Flycatchers recently. Birds are around for sure, but the rain/wind here is just awful. If it wasn’t that I was a bit under the weather from standing hours in the rain hawkwatching, I might have been more compelled to go birding in the rain.

    Let us hope tomorrow is a bit drier.

  2. Somehow I erased warbler species by mistake from the “teaser” list:
    Topping them all was a Bay-breasted Warbler (my second of season here in the Middle Keys), also Yellow-throated, Black-throated Green, Blackburnian, Black-throated Blue, Redstart and of course – plenty of Palms.

  3. Don’t let a little rain stop you…. I went to Cape Florida and birded in the rain from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm.

    Here is my list and estimated numbers seen…

    Merlin 2
    Yellow-billed Cuckoo 50+
    Eastern Wood-Pewee 1
    Red-eyed Vireo 10
    White-eyed Vireo 4
    Yellow-throated Vireo 1
    House Wren 1
    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 10
    Wood Thrush 1
    Swainson’s Thrush 1
    Gray Catbird 25+
    Yellow Warbler 1
    Magnolia Warbler 1
    Black-throated Blue 100+
    Chestnut-sided 1
    Cape May 20+
    Blackburnian 3
    Yellow-rumped Warbler 6
    Cerluean Warbler 1 (I know its LATE, it was a male… saw in binoculars then flew south across the parking lot into the Lighthouse area and couldn’t relocate the bird)
    Prairie Warbler 2
    Palm Warbler 30+
    Black-throated Green 1
    Bay-breasted Warber 25+
    Blackpoll 1
    Black and White Warbler 10
    Redstart 50+
    Golden-winged Warbler 1
    Tennesse Warbler 3
    Northern Parula 10
    Wormeating Warbler 1
    Ovenbird 50+
    Northern Waterthrush 1
    Common Yellow-throat 5
    Scarlet Tanager 1
    Summer Tanager 2
    Indigo Bunting 25+
    Painted Bunting 25+
    Blue Grosbeak 1
    Dickcissel 1

    *Likely Orange Crown Warbler* – wanted a better look not counting

  4. It was amasing! Yes, AMASING! This weekend has definitely earned the title of Warbler Valhalla II. What’s more, the list of other species besides warblers is just as impressive. What’s with all those Cuckoos!!! I think I saw more in one day than all previus birding days combined. I was so ecstatic, that I drove away, real fast, playing Sweet Caroline…..


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