23 April 2018 – PNW Migration Update

House Wrens, Western Tanagers, Brown-headed Cowbirds, American Biterns, scads of shorebirds (usual migrants), more Nashville and Black-throated Gray Warblers, Gray Flycatchers (east side).  It get to be hard to catch up, oh and another Hermit/Swainson’s Thrush debate.

Pretty decent movement last night.  Again, not “Green Doughnut” great but widespread at 20 dBZ+.

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20 april 2018 – PNW Migration Update

Pretty decent movement up the valley last night.  Not “Green Doughnut”, but close.

Nationally the Central Flyway was the hot spot.  Looking at the wind map you can see why.

11 April 2018 – PNW Migration Update

We’re going to save disk space today – no radar loops.  They’re pretty boring anyway — 10 dBZ with only a few patches up into the 20’s.

Most action was out of Ridgefield and Steigerwald.  Nationally the Central Flyway was the hot spot.  See Paul’s archive for that loop.

But we are getting reports.  In the metro area: Nashville Warblers, Hammond’s Flycatcher (earliest by six days) Vesper and Chipping Sparrows.

And a remarkable House Wren in Clallam County, WA.

Admin. note — i will be off grid until next Wednesday.  See the sidebar for links to stay abreast of this Spring’s migration.

10 April 2018 – PNW Migration Update

A bit late today, sorry about that, but life, you know….

Ok, we still have favorable winds and through most of the night no rain. So birds were on the move!  Up to the 20+ dBZ level all along the I5 corridor and along the coast.

Black-throated Gray and Orange-crowned Warblers, Common Yellowthoat, Purple Martin, Cliff Swallow — all increasing in numbers in the Metro Area.  Waterfowl numbers are dwindling (but not gone yet!)

San Diego got it’s first reported Lazuli Bunting and Warbling Vireos are increasing in numbers.

Don’t you just love this time of year!

09 April 2018 – PNW Migration Update

Things are heating up!

All manner of shorebirds are moving through the metro area – Dunlin, Yellowlegs, Black-bellied Plovers and Red-necked Phalaropes.  (I didn’t go out into the field this weekend — it was the Masters and i haven’t missed that for over 50 years.  Freddy Couples still shooting birdies!)

The Flycatchers are in San Diego; Pacific Slope and Hammond’s – no Willows yet (they’re last)

With favorable winds we had really solid movement up the valley and along the coast last night, not so much in the Puget Sound trough, so i’ll leave that out.

06 April 2018 – PNW Migration Update

Common Yellowthroat, MacGillivray’s Warbler and more Bullock’s Orioles in the San Diego area.

Cassin’s Vireos and Wilson’s Warblers have made it to Oregon.

Lots of rain in last night’s radar and not much detectable movement, so we’ll check in on the National migration. (Remember you can always go to Paul’s site to get the loop)

The heavy weather system has moved on and birds are moving through the Ohio Valley and up the Central Flyway.

05 April 2018 – PNW Migration Update

Caspian Terns have made it to Astoria, Black-throated Gray and Yellow Warblers , Vaux’s Swifts to Eugene, Western Tanagers to Bandon and Black-necked Stilts at Basket Slough.  Game on folks!

I had Dunlins in alternate plumage and a Cinnamon Teal yesterday on the sump i bird every weekday.

Last night’s radar is a bit of a mess but early on you can make out movement that reaches the 20 dBZ level in patches.