Posted by: NatureIsAwesome | October 18, 2011 @ 6:17 am

No Flight Over South Florida = Awesomeness!!!

This is the radar from 5:00pm last night to 5:30am 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

Nature is Awesome,
Angel and Mariel

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  1. Epic couple days birding. Keep up the good work!

  2. After a few frustrating days of excellent migration reports north and south of us, and an incredibly wet afternoon watching crazy birds like Bay-breasted and Blackburnian Warblers alongside Rose-breasted Grosbeak while getting drenched in a flooded parking lot, the rain finally seized. According to some reports, no less than 11″ of rain fell yesterday in the Middle Keys. Like a child on Christmas morning, I awoke before sunrise to look out the window as the last droplets dissipated. I drove out to Crane Point Hammock in Marathon to encounter the type of passerine event I’d only dared hope for. The very first tree I looked at – a large Gumbo Limbo – was just “covered” with warblers, primarily Tennessee, but there was absolutely no lack of Black-throated Blue, Redstarts and many other species! Here is a summary of what I saw:

    Eastern Wood-Pewee (2)
    Eastern Kingbird (4)
    Scissor-tailed Flycather (3)
    Red-eyed Vireo (few)
    White-eyed Vireo
    Yellow-throated Vireo (5)
    Veery (1)
    Swainson’s Thrush (20)
    Gray-cheecked Thrush (5)
    Gray Catbird (20)
    Northern Parula (5)
    Tennessee Warbler (50+)
    Chestnut-sided Warbler (1)
    Magnolia Warbler (5)
    Cape May Warbler (10)
    Black-throated Blue Warbler (50+)
    Blackburnian Warbler (1)
    Black-throated Green Warbler (1)
    Prairie Warbler (10)
    Palm Warbler (100′s)
    Bay-breasted Warbler (3)
    Yellow-throated Warbler (1)
    Worm-eating Warbler (1)
    Black-and-white Warbler (5)
    American Redstart (50+)
    Ovenbird (50+)
    Northern Waterthrush (5)
    Louisiana Waterthrush (2)
    Common Yellowthroat (50+)
    Summer Tanager (1)
    Rose-breasted Grosbeak (10)
    Indigo Bunting (30)
    Dickcissel (1)
    Yellow-billed Cuckoo – countless – I was spooking them left and right as I walked through the hammock. On the drive back north towards the marine lab in the afternoon, I noticed about a dozen dead YBCU on the road, while a couple more dared cross my path in rushed flight.

    The mangrove path through Crane Point was covered with Black-throated Blues, Redstarts, Ovenbirds and Yellowthroats on the ground – countless – daintily feeding on the flooded ground. The flats on the bay had a dozen Redstarts hopping and twirling over the tidal wrack, on a feeding frenzy for sand flees.

    Unfortunately, I had to cut the birding short – I had a hawkwatch to attend. Let us hope tomorrow morning is a repeat – as of now (9:48pm) it is drizzling outside.

    Read the Florida Keys Hawkwatch report at:http://floridakeyshawkwatch.wordpress.com/2011/10/18/falcon-flights-and-tons-of-passerines/


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