Posted by: NatureIsAwesome | September 14, 2013 @ 7:52 am

Heavy Migration into N. FL

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.

As the cold front continued its march into North FL, it brought along a new batch of migrants! Radars across the southeast recorded some heavy migration. Winds on the heels of the front gave migrants a big push, birds were pouring out over the Gulf and into the Atlantic as well. Tried and true migrant traps from Jacksonville south to about the Space Coast should have some new faces around.

In the panhandle we would bird the coast in hopes of catching migrants that chose not to take off over the Gulf or to await birds that overshot the coast. Inland migrant traps should also see turnover, many birds were flying over the state’s capital city this morning! It should be pretty birdy around these parts 🙂

Miami and Key West had some moderate migration overhead. Winds and weather are not conducive with grounding large amounts of migrants, but birds that get caught flying out in daylight may choose to land. Tried and true migrant traps both coastal and inland should see some turnover today.

Our computer is still down and we were unable to download and post the radar as usual so we are doing the second best thing. Below is a list of links to radar loops from 2am-6am.
The regional radar is in reflectivity mode which is best used to quantify birds and to get a picture of where they are moving from. The rest of the radar links are velocity radars, these are best used to determine speed and direction of travel. With these images you are looking at light blue-dark blue returns (incoming birds) and yellow-orange (outgoing birds). The grayish line between the two colors is the line of axis, this line will give you an idea of which direction birds are entering the radar from and which direction they are flying as they exit radar range.

Regional Radar:







Key West:

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Nature is Awesome
Angel & Mariel


  1. Hi all,

    The Abreu’s assessment of last night’s radar was on target. We had 8 species of warblers at our pond in Gulf Breeze at about 11 a.m. Oddly enough, no migrants were detected near our migrant trap home until late morning. Normally they are evident at the tip of the peninsula, about 1/3 mi west of our home, but not this a.m. Present at our pond were: Black & White, Black-thr. Green, Redstart, Canada, Co Ye., TN, Prairie, Yellow Ws. Also, Su Tan, Blue Grosbeaks, Balt Or, lots of hummers and Gnatcatchers. In spite of the front’s weakness, birds were on the move. Winds are predicted to go E tonight through early next wk and the show should be over until the next front.

    Bob Duncan
    Gulf Breeze, in the w. Panhandle

    • Thanks guys 🙂 Likely late birds that were flying south after sunrise and decided to cut the trip short before taking the big step across the Gulf.


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