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Old Tuesday 18th February 2020, 16:50   #1
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Florida birders look out!

Huge arrival of migrants yesterday:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-51545711
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I saw that earlier, would be interesting to know what birds were in the flock!


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I'm going for a selection of orioles and parrots, maybe some warblers too.
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I'm going for a selection of orioles and parrots, maybe some warblers too.
Parrots generally don't migrate any significant distance. (I believe the record is under 300km, across the Bass Strait to/from Tasmania. Only two species do that.)

Also, there are fairly few parrots in the USA since the Carolina Conure went extinct in 1918. Some thousands of ferals nationwide - a good proportion of which are surely in Florida, but that's still not really enough to make a radar signature with a 145km radius.
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Parrots generally don't migrate any significant distance. (I believe the record is under 300km, across the Bass Strait to/from Tasmania. Only two species do that.)

Also, there are fairly few parrots in the USA since the Carolina Conure went extinct in 1918. Some thousands of ferals nationwide - a good proportion of which are surely in Florida, but that's still not really enough to make a radar signature with a 145km radius.
IIRC, Carolina Conure was also cited as being at least partly migratory - so perhaps Dan Theman is just a century (and a bit) out of date
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