I went out this weekend to do some ground proofing.
Snow Geese are now on Sauvie Island,
no signs of Swans along the Columbia,
Ruby Crowned Kinglets are back in numbers and can still be heard singing as they arrive,
shorebird numbers are down,
duck numbers are up; with Rudy Ducks, Common and Hooded Mergansers being the new comers (Buffleheads close out the season in my reckoning),
wintering sparrow numbers are up; with Fox, Lincoln’s, and White-throated all being detected,
DC Cormorant numbers are increasing
and pink footed gulls are beginning to arrive as well.
Migration in the Metro Area last night was light to moderate, but to the north, in the Puget Sound area, there was a heavy flow of birds across the Straights. So, here it is, your moment of zen: