29 July 2016 – PNW Migration Update

Flights are still on the light side for the most part, but there is movement and there are pockets of moderate to heavy migration.  Take a look at the ATX (Seattle) radar and note the small, but dense, pulse of birds crossing the Strait over to the Peninsula.

The gulls and pelicans are beginning to build in numbers in the Metro area wetlands just as the first wave of shorebirds begins to taper off.  Last weekend there were 2-3 hundred pelicans out on Sauvie Island and reports of roughly the same number over at Smith-Bybee.  Every year it seems we are getting more and more, and this year, arriving earlier.


27 July 2016 – PNW Migration Update

Yep — they are on their way south again.  It’s been a couple of weeks now since the shorebirds, mainly adults but recently the juveniles, have been moving through the Pacific Northwest.  It’s in low level density but enough to pick up on the radar: