The radar tells the story — birds are moving but in a very subdued and patchy fashion.
Like the Willow Flycatcher in spring it’s the Bufflehead that i look for in fall to signal “the end” of migration. Not actually the end because there will still be migrants filling in from behind. And here i;m not talking about vanguard individuals but a bulk presence; some sense of a density that signals “arrival”.
So, on Sunday (non-hunt day) is traveled a couple of the accessible areas on Sauvie Island. Bufflehead, Canvasback, Lesser Scaup, Dusky Canada Geese and Tundra Swans had all arrived is solid numbers. And filling in from behind are large numbers of Cackling and Snow Geese, Northern Pintails, Ring-necked Ducks, and American Coots.
There’s still time up on the Cascade Lakes for transiting divers, and if you have the privilege of free weekdays, taking advantage of this weather to scout them may be worthwhile.
I’ll keep an eye on the radar and an ear to the ground, but unless we get a new surge, and the radar returns remain feeble this may be the last post of the season.
So, here it is, “your moment of zen”