26 May 2017 – PNW Migration Update

Nighthawks have arrived in Oregon.  HERE is the map – not too impressive and these are the first arrivals to be sure.  But — This kind of ends the arrival notifications for the season; birds are still on the move however; they are settling in and looking for summer nesting locations; filling in the gaps.

It is the beginning of a long weekend and after that i will be far afield and unplugged.  There are a couple of days next week i will be checking in on migration; if i see anything pronounced i’ll post it — but i doubt that will happen.

Blue-winged Teal have been popping up here and there in the remaining wetlands throughout the region HERE  This is a spring ritual as they are late migrants and occasional breeders that winter to our south.  They are such magnificent birds it is always a treat to come across them.

The Mississippi Flyway is still electric when the conditions are favorable so we’ll take one last look at the National Composite Radar in today’s gallery as well.

17 May 2017 – PDX Migration Update

The Willow Flycatcher is on the MAP.  Only a couple but that is how it starts; i expect them to be filling in over the next week.  We should definitely be able to hear them this weekend.

More rain in the Metro area last night and any migration that took place was subdued and opportunistic as they dodged the rain.  Winds died down over night but they still have a northerly component due to the advancing high pressure ridge.  It looks like we are still in for a break in the rain and probably for an extended period; should be great birding weather this weekend.

Looking at the wind map you can pretty much picture the migration scene on a national level, but to confirm your mental image i put the National Radar Composite in the gallery today.

RTX just came back on line — just in time to log the rain.  So we’ll save some disc space.

Message Date:  May 16 2017 08:17:05

KRTX has returned to service.  5/16 1 am PDT (08Z)

Still no northern Willamette Valley Willow Flycatcher reports (which is a bit odd), but the Eastern Kingbirds are back out on the Sandy River Delta.  Nationally migration moves apace very nicely.

The weather looks bleak for the next day or two but there is a nice high pressure ridge building over the Pacific that should move the storm track to the north and bring in some very nice, and needed relief.  It looks really broad so we may get extended nice weather through the weekend.

11 May 2017 – PNW Migration Update

A low pressure system has made landfall.  The leading edge winds are out of the south and ahead of the rain we had a decent flight last night in the Metro area.

I had to look to the southern Willamette Valley to find our first reports of Willow Flycatcher; one in Lane and one in Benton County.  These are a week old and may be vanguard birds. But, Fittzz Bewww could be heard, maybe this weekend, in the Portland/Vancouver area.  That would leave only the Common Nighthawk to bring up the rear.

And a look at the national radar composite.

10 May 2017 – PNW Migration Update

The clear passage brings a river of birds.  I wonder if it gets as congested as I5 up there?

So, let’s take a look at the I5 corridor from Medford to Seattle today (and the National Composite – just to keep tabs.)

Still no Willow Flycatcher; May 13 is median arrival date for the Willamette Valley.

08 May 2017 – PNW Migration Update

RTX is back on line!  Whew; that can take over a week sometimes.  Came back on line late Friday.

Migration is entering it’s peak phase.  Most, but not all vanguards have arrived and are being followed by the trailing hoards.

Wilson’s Warblers were over the top conspicuous when i was in the field Saturday.  A few more reports of Swainson’s Thrush and i definitely heard my first Western Wood Pewee on Sunday and a handful of other reports are up on eBird.  Lazuli Buntings are filling in.  Bullock’s Orioles have made it to the Seattle area. No sign of Willow Flycatchers yet.

The Atlantic Flyway was the only flyway that was underwhelming in regard to it’s capacity.  The rest look to be at full tilt.

I threw in the Seattle (ATX) loop today for good measure:

04 May 2017 – PDX Migration Update

We’ve had a couple of excellent nights for migration back to back.  And the whole Pacific Flyway was lit up last night.

But our local radar, KRTX:

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Message Date:  May 04 2017 06:20:01

THE KRTX (PORTLAND) RADAR HAS FAILED AND WILL BE DOWN UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. TECH
NICIANS ARE ASSESSING THE ISSUE.

Anyway: Nashville and Orange-crowned warblers are moving through in extraordinary numbers.A lone report of an Olive-sided Flycatcher, scattered Bullock’s Orioles and Western Kingbirds are also in the area. Waterfowl numbers continue to drop. Locally we’re waiting on Swainson’s Thrush, Western Wood Pewee, and Lazuli Bunting.

Nesting and even some fledglings are now being reported (and seen) as well.