Posted by: NatureIsAwesome | April 23, 2012 @ 9:17 am

GO BIRDING! Radar Was Spotty All Night

This is the radar from 5:00pm last night to 6:00am 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

Looks like the radars were spotty all night. Birds were everywhere along the west coast yesterday and early morning reports of birds along the east coast and inland sites today means birds are dispersing in search of feeding habitat. Get out an bird today! NW winds seemed to have kept birds down so if you missed yesterday bird-a-rama yesterday, get out today!

As always, Badbirdz depends on YOU to report your sightings and be our ‘eyes on the ground’, so please come back and give us an idea of what you are seeing in your neck of the woods. This will help us better understand the radar images and in return we can pass this knowledge onto you.

For migration updates in other regions check-
Michigan’s Upper Peninsula – The Northwoods BIRDAR by Max Henschell <- NEW!
New England – Tom Auer’s blog
PA/Ohio Valley – Nemesis Bird by Drew Weber
NW Ohio – Birding the Crane Creek by Kenn Kaufman
Arizona – Words About Birds by Tim Schreckengost <- NEW!
Pac NW – Birds Over Portland by Greg Haworth
Continental US – eBird BirdCast Forecast & Report by Team eBird

Nature is Awesome,
Angel and Mariel



  1. New (sight- and FOS) yard bird this morning.. A flock of about 10 bobolinks- all male- flew over the house. Several warblers around too, noticed at least Cape May, n. waterthrush, blackpoll and bt blue before I left. Little Havana area of Miami. I wonder if Key Biscayne is good today…

  2. This afternoon I birded San Luis Park in Tallahassee for about an hour and a half. There were not huge numbers of birds about, but a good number of migrants for Tallahassee in the spring. The best bird was my life Rose-breasted Grosbeak, a beautiful adult male. Here’s todays list:

    Yellow-billed Cuckoo- 1
    Barn Swallow- 1
    Veery- 1
    Gray Catbird- 2 (more heard)
    Cedar Waxwing- 60+
    Prothonotary Warbler- 1 female
    Northern Parula- heard
    Palm Warbler- 1
    Pine Warbler- 1
    Yellow-breasted Chat- 1
    Scarlet Tanager- 2 males
    Rose-breasted Grosbeak- 1 male

    The Teenage Birder
    Tallahassee, FL

  3. Huge fallout at Fort De Soto on the 24th — at times, one could see lover dozen of Rose-breasted Grosbeaks and/or Baltimore Orioles in a single binocular view. There were also over a dozen warbler species present, including Black-throated Green, Magnolia, and Kentucky Warblers, as well as a several thrushes, including Swainson’s and Wood Thrushes. Other birders saw, but I unfortunately missed, Cerulean, Bay-breasted, Swainson’s and Chestnut-sided Warblers.

  4. It’s been birder’s heaven here at Sanibel for the last several days. On Sunday afternoon (April 22) there were flocks of male and female indigo buntings everywhere. On Monday on my jog I came to a fruiting fig tree that was full of Baltimore Orioles, Scarlet Tanagers, and Indigo Buntings, plus several Rose-Breasted Grosbeaks, Goldfinches, and Summer Tanagers. Also numerous olive-colored warblers that I couldn’t identify. SIMPLY INCREDIBLE!–and incredibly beautiful!! Just learned that this was a ‘fall out’ due to the extremely windy weather we’ve been having for several days. AMAZING! Today is calmer and there aren’t as many birds around, so maybe they were able to continue on their way last night.



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