There is not much to see on the radar due to the clouds and rain so we’ll save some disc space today and leave out the radar loop.
Over the weekend FOS and changes noted: Sandhill Cranes are back by the hundreds, Great Egrets are staging in the hundreds, Cackling Geese numbers reaching the thousands, Golden-crowned and Fox Sparrows are showing up, Lincoln’s Sparrow and Dark-eyed Junco numbers are increasing on the valley floor as they come down out of the mountains, and Double-crested Cormorants are moving inland.
I probably missed a few as well.
A static shot of the National Radar Composite shows the very active Mississippi Flyway but with good movement down the Atlantic and moderate movement along the Central Flyway
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.
A very good night for flocks flying free. All alliteration aside, again we had clear skies and gentle winds out of the north. The upper left corner was cooking green doughnuts last night with a really nice flight across the Strait of Juan de Fuca over to Vancouver Island.
Message Date: May 05 2017 05:02:56
KRTX Doppler Radar serving SW Washington and NW Oregon continues to be unavailab
le. Some data was recently received and transmitted but was deemed to be unrelia
ble. Further updates will be sent as information becomes available. /JBonk
So there’s that: not great timing from my perspective. So i went north and grabbed the Gray’s Harbor (LGX) loop for today’s gallery at the end of the post.
First reports of Lazuli Bunting are in on the valley floor as well as Hermit Warblers and Swainson’s Thrush in the coastal foothills. Another Olive-sided Flycatcher. Increasing reports of Yellow-headed Blackbirds.