14 October 2015 – PNW Migration Update

Now this is more like it!

A ridge of high pressure off the coast cleared the skies and brought light, but northerly winds. And, hot damn, the birds took advantage across the Pacific Northwest.  I put all three radar loops in today’s gallery; RTX – Portland, ATX – Seattle and LGX – Gray’s Harbor.  All show heavy and widespread migration taking place.

Of particular interest is the LGX loop.  Note how the migrants take off from Makah Lands around Neah Bay and stream south.  It’s no wonder why that area is receiving a lot of attention from birders the past few years.

Nationally: take a look at the Wind Map and one would guess that migration would be hampered in the Northeast and aided down the Central and Mississippi Flyways.  And the National Radar Composite confirms that suspicion.

Good day to be a bird on your way south.

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