29 October 2015 – PNW Migration Update

Well, it’s been a pretty low key couple of days.  The winds have shifted to more westerly but there are few birds on the move up here in the upper left corner.  I’m sure there are more waterfowl on the way but probably not going to be showing up in big waves.

Nice picture nationally; check the wind map, check the National Composite — winds out of the north; birds out of the north.  Central and Mississippi Flyways are still rocking it.

And … the Swans are back; someone reported them at Ridgefield a couple of days ago.  That signals the close of the season.  I may post a couple more times depending on events.  But if i don’t get around to it — all things tracking,  i’ll be back in the spring.

Here it is, your moment of zen.



27 October 2015 – PNW Migration Update

Winds continue out of the SSW; stronger along the coastal lands and weakening inland.  There are still light to moderate levels of migration taking place.  The moderate levels come in short waves; which is pretty cool because you can pick out individual flock movement.  But this season is getting long in the tooth.

Most folks on the listservs are out chasing this season’s rarities so the reports for regional migrant status dwindles a bit.  More Buffleheads and Common Mergansers but still no Swans.

26 October 2015 – PNW Migration Update

Nothing to report; the radar was obscured by clouds and it pretty much rained most of the evening.  WSW winds aren’t much of an enticement either — unless you are standing on a coastal headland looking for sea birds.

23 October 2015 – PNW Migration Update

The stubborn ridge of high pressure is keeping the local winds out of the north.  but i don’t see that lasting too long as another low pressure system is spinning up out it the Pacific.  You can see this on today’s wind map.

Over all the southern reaches of our area of concern saw the best migration action last night; again, it was concentrated along the flanks of the Cascades and east of the Willamette.  There was a short but heavy flight across the Straight of Juan de Fuca last night as well.

Still haven;t heard of any Swans in the area but the Cranes are on the move in good numbers.  They even were reported in Clackamas County — not a common report by any means.

22 October 2015 – PNW Migration Update

That little ridge of high pressure is keeping the winds out of the north.  However, it looks like the pipeline of migrants is beginning to dry up.  Some birds are still on the move to be sure, just not in peak season densities.

Here it is, your moment of zen (and i really wish Trevor wouldn’t use that phrase)

21 October – PNW Migration Update

Wow!  On par with the heaviest migration this season.  Last night’s flight was heavy, widespread, and continuous.  RTX was just rocking.  The radar out of Seattle (ATX) was really jamming in the south of it’s range in the Puget Trough.  We’re still seeing decent flights across the Straight as well, not as dense but still in the green.

Take a look at Paul’s archived National Composite (here) and you’ll see that the PNW was the migration hot spot last night – that doesn’t happen very often.

20 October 2015 – PNW Migration Update

Well, yesterday’s flight along the Washington coast went undocumented on the Washington listserv.  Perhaps today’s heavier flight will garner a comment or two.  But it is the middle of the week and the area is not heavily populated.  Today’s flight along the coast was no doubt aided by the ridge of high pressure that has sneaked in bringing a nice northerly flow – stronger along the coast.

Oregon’s flight last night was anemic but birds are still crossing the Straight in heavy numbers.  The Puget trough and western Cascades in Washington had a decent flight late into the evening.

Well, the first Buffleheads are being reported,  Swans will be next; that’s usually when i shut down for the season.

So, here it is, your moment of zen: