29 September 2016 – PNW Migration Update

Another solid night of migration in the Metro Area.  Migrants again favored the western flanks of the Cascades.

Barn Swallows can be seen going to roost and leaving the roost again in today’s loop.

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28 September 2016 – PNW Migration Update

Back from a wee vacation.  Only one birding stop.

Last night saw heavy movement along the I5 corridor from the Canadian border south.  In the Metro area the east counties had the bulk of the movement.  Lots of divers and errant ducks being reported from the high Cascade Lakes.  I haven’t had time to catch up on the listservs to see what has been trickling in but i did see large skeins of Cackling Geese in the Portland/Vancouver Basin when passing through.  The waterfowl will be making up the bulk of the migrants from here on out.

The Barn Swallow roost is still putting on a dawn show down in Yamhill and Marion Counties along the Willamette River.

22 September 2016 – PNW Migration Update

Well, not as exciting as yesterday but lively none the less.  East counties saw the bulk of the movement again.

Barn Swallows exiting their roost is rather impressive this morning.  It looks quite a bit bigger today.  Perhaps more swallows are congregating as they stage for their migration.

21 September 2016 – PNW Migration Update

BOOM!

Favorable north winds bring; Spectacular, heavy and widespread migration last night.  From the Canadian border down the I5 corridor, and up and down the region’s coast line.  Take a look!

Note on the RTX loop at the beginning and the end we again see the activity of the Barn Swallow hoards along the Willamette River.

20 September 2016 – PNW Migration Update

Light but favorable winds over the region last night, especially along the coast.

Again most of the action was in the east Counties along the spine and western flanks of the Cascades.  There was a nice, and interesting flight from Vancouver Island that washed down the Olympic Peninsula coast line (LGX radar). I don’t recall seeing such an organized flight in this area before, but don’t hold me to it.  On the ATX radar (not shown) it was weird; it seemed there was little movement except at moderate levels restricted to the shores of the Puget Sound.

If i had the day off i would head up to the Cascades and check out Clear and Timothy Lakes.  I see the divers are starting to arrive; there have been reports of C. Loons and RN Grebes come in to the review queue this morning. (Timothy Lake)

19 September 2016 – PNW Migration Update

Well, after a pretty miserable few days it looks like the current system weakened a bit last night.  We still had onshore crosswinds but the birds were on the move in the metro area last night.  It didn’t sustain heavily through the whole night and again the east counties had most of the action.

Quite a few more ducks are being reported.  The Sandhill  Crane numbers have dramatically increased on Sauvie Island.  I’ve been quite busy so i wasn’t paying attention to the listserves last week.  I only got out into the field once this weekend and it was pouring rain, so it was a short trip.  But there were quite a few Swainson’s Thrushes moving just before dawn.

14 September 2016 – PNW Migration Update

Pretty solid flight last night around the Metro Region.

In today’s loop: just as it starts look at the Yamhill/Marion County border along the Willamette River — Barn Swallows coming into roost!  It starts around 5:00 PM (00:00 UTC) and lasts a few hours until around 7:00 PM (02:00 UTC).  Then this morning around 6:30 AM (13:00 UTC) they begin to disperse for the day — mainly headed north.

First Ruby-crowned Kinglets are being reported as well as the first (Sooty) Fox Sparrows and quite a few more Cackling Geese showing up,