Posted by: NatureIsAwesome | May 4, 2013 @ 11:09 pm

West Winds Bring Birds to S. FL

National Overview

Below is a snapshot of the national map with radar and weather fronts. Use this map to get an overall feel of migration and how weather affects nocturnal migration.
p style=”float:right;margin-left:10px;margin-bottom:10px;”>Frames are every 1/2 hour. Click on the thumbnail to view the full-sized animation.
Base Reflectivity image from Tampa Bay, FL Base Velocity image from Tampa Bay, FL Base Reflectivity image from Miami, FL Base Velocity image from Miami, FL Base Reflectivity image from Key West, FL Base Velocity image from Key West, FL

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Nature is Awesome,
Angel and Mariel



  1. On Friday, we had some nice warblers, including some trans-gulf species which are not so common in Alachua Co. during spring migration. Here’s the warbler species and lists from a couple birders from a couple different locations:

    Paynes Prairie – Sheetflow Restoration Area (West of La Chua Trail)
    American Redstart – 24++ (1/2 breeding males and other 1/2 split between females and young Yellowstart males)
    Northern Parula – 16+
    Blackpoll Warbler – 12 (slightly skewed toward males)
    Northern Waterthrush – 6
    Common Yellowthroat – 6
    Palm Warbler (Western) – 5
    Black-and-white Warbler – 5
    Prothonotary Warbler – 4
    Cape May Warbler – 3 (2 males, 1 female)
    Black-throated Blue Warbler – 3 (2 males, 1 female)
    Prairie Warbler – 3 (1 singing male, 2 females)
    Black-throated Green Warbler – 2 (1 male, 1 female)
    Tennessee Warbler – 1 male
    Chestnut-sided Warbler – 1 female

    Paynes Prairie – La Chua Trail
    20 Redstarts,
    15 Parulas
    2 B&W
    3 Blackpoll
    1 Cape May
    2 Black-throated Blue
    1 Yellow-rump
    3 Palm
    8 Common Yellowthroat
    3 Chats

    Newnan’s Lake – Palm Point
    Prairie 1
    Blackpoll 5
    Redstart only 2
    Yellow-rumped 3! (photos)
    N Waterthrush 1
    Com Yellowthroart 4
    Cape May 1
    Black-throated Blue 1
    N Parula


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