Posted by: NatureIsAwesome | September 15, 2013 @ 8:17 am

Moderate to Heavy Migration Continues over 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.


Even with a lingering front, birds that had stacked up behind the front took the skies in numbers. Heaviest migration was evident over coastal Jacksonville and inland to Tallahassee. East winds helped pushed migrants over to the west coast with much of this flight taking off over the Gulf. Don’t be discouraged on the east coast though, at 1:30a.m. we went out for a listen of the night sky as a few t-storms blew in and weren’t disappointed. The calls of Bobolink and Veery were great to hear, a few Swainson’s Thrush and a whole bunch of zips, sweets, tzeets we could not identify. It seems as if birds were moving along both coasts.

Miami Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties all had thunderstorms wash ashore and could have brought down migrants. Tried and true migrant traps will be your best bet today. Inland migrant traps should provide the best birding as east winds have the tendency to steer birds inland.

With our computer still down we leave you with a list or link to radar sites in the state.
Regional Radar:







Key West:

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Nature is Awesome
Angel & Mariel



  1. Birded Bill Sadowski Park this morning from 7:30-9 am and found several first of fall (for this particular park) birds. These included:

    Summer Tanager
    Ruby-throated Hummingbird
    Black-throated Blue Warbler
    Bobolink – streaming over the entire time

    Others migrants:

    Barn Swallow
    Red-eyed Vireo
    Black-and-White Warbler
    Northern Parula
    American Redstart

    I also had a lone Common Nighthawk making a bee-line south at about 8 am. Clouds forming overhead the whole time – maybe stuff will drop with the bad weather? I HOPE SO!

    • Your next year bird is just around the corner dude, hold on its going to be a wild ride until Dec. 31st 11:59pm 🙂

  2. Birded Dunedin Hammock park in Pinellas County from 7:45 to noon. Migrants seen were:
    1 Veery
    1 Black and White
    2 Northern Parula
    1 Yellow throated Warbler
    8 Ovenbird
    1 White eyed Vireo
    1 Eastern Kingbird
    1 Empidonax species (yellow wash on belly and grayish hood)

    • Awesome! Thanks for the ground truth Jeff 🙂 much appreciated.

      Nature is Awesome
      Angel & Mariel


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