Posted by: NatureIsAwesome | September 19, 2013 @ 7:37 am

Slow and Soggy

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.

Widespread unfavorable conditions slowed migration down, almost to a halt last night. Looking towards the end of the workweek we see a glimmer of hope. A strong front is forecast to impact the state late week and through the weekend. Along with this front we expect widespread migration as birds have been land-locked up north, they have to be ready to move!

Some small movements were noted last night, most notable being an influx of migrants along the Jacksonville coast. Winds likely moved most of this flight inland, look for turnover at inland migrant traps from Gainesville south to Central FL.
South Florida saw a gradual reduction in thunderstorms after sunset, loss of heat allowed for storms to dissipate and skies to clear. That gave migrants a chance to get out of Miami and head south for winter. Unfavorable local conditions have kept birds grounded since Saturday night. With a bright beacon (Harvest Moon) birds were likely moving overhead instead of stopping, flight calls should have been notable early this morning.

Tried and true migrant traps will be your best bet today. We don’t expect any major influxes, but we do expect birds to be moving locally as they secure food for the journey south.

Good luck to all that chase the Bar-tailed Godwit in the Tampa Area!

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. You aint kidding. Between a brief stop at the east side of Matheson in the morning, and then a pretty extensive effort on the west side in the afternoon, all I could find were 8 species of warblers in small numbers, some red-eyed vireos, and gnatcatchers. I’ve definitely had much better days during this time of year in days past! I don’t recall a fall migration with the numbers as small as what we are seeing now.

    The list for 40 min in the morning and 1.5 hours in the afternoon:

    Yellow-throated Vireo – 2
    Red-eyed Vireo – 20
    Parula – 2
    Black-throated Blue – 1
    Yellow-throated – 1
    Prairie – 2
    Black-and-white – 2
    Redstart – 1
    Worm-eating – 1
    Swainson’s – 1
    Ovenbird – 8
    Common Yellowthroat – 3

  2. Correction, 10 species of warblers. I should count the species before I post.

    • Thanks for the report Toe! While birding was slow you still had some sweet birds 🙂 In your future we see a Kentucky and Wilson’s Warbler, in the same day!

      A & M


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