27 March 2017 – PNW Migratio Update

This is way past getting old so lets not discuss it.

Black-headed Grosbeaks in San Diego, Ospreys, Rufus Hummingbirds, and most Swallows are firmly established in the Metro Region.

Elsewhere at the national level we can see the SE and Gulf Coast hopping.  A few storms to dodge here and there but plenty of open air.  Thanks Paul!

20 March 2017 – PNW Migration Update

A very rainy weekend — again.  It cleared up late Saturday night but too late for any birds of significant numbers to move north.

But, last night was clear and there was an accommodating south wind so the birds were on the move.  We’re still at the beginning of the migration so we are not getting “green doughnuts” but we do have some 20+ dBZ returns.

In the Central Valley more Western Kingbirds are being reported as well as Common Yellowthroats.  In the Portland area Violet-green Swallows, Rufus Hummingbirds, Osprey and an increasing number of shorebirds.  I observed over sixty Greater Yellowlegs, a few L.B. Dowitchers and a large flock of peeps (unidentified) on the wing this weekend.

The Central and Mississippi Flyways were also pretty active last night.  National Composite Radar is included thanks to Paul

25 October 2016 – PNW Migration Update

As expected from what we saw yesterday the south winds continued through the night with scattered rain cells.  And, very low levels of migrants passing through.

So lets take a look at the National Composite because there has to be some action going on somewhere.  Looking at the wind map we can see the Central Flyway pretty much shut down and the best conditions are in the Mississippi and southern Atlantic Flyways.

And the radar shows:

20 October 2016 – PNW Migration Update

It’s been a rather crappy week or two for watching radar returns for migrants.  They have been on the move but only visible in the Hydrometeor loops and even then at low densities and opportunistically.

Now it seems KRTX – the Portland area radar is off line!  So, here is a static shot of the National Composite.  The Atlantic Flyway was screaming last night.  And you can see the lack of returns from RTX.  I hope it is just maintenance.

01 September 2016 – PNW Migration Update

Shorebirds continue to move through the area.  Quite a few Solitary Sandpipers are showing up and an unusually high number of Buff-breasted, Baird’s and Semipalmated Sandpipers as well.

But, last night was another low level night for movement.  Winds were mainly out of the east with a drizzle here and there. Check it out:

I threw in the National Composite so you can match the winds to migration density.  Check out the Mississippi Flyway.

25 May 2016 – Migration Update

Migration continues in spite of my absence – i’ve been out birding far afield.

Nighthawks have arrived in Oregon – i saw one two days ago in Diamond and a couple of the members in my party saw a couple more around Malheur NWR. This kind of ends the arrival notifications but birds are still on the move as they settle in and look for summer nesting locations.

Malheur NWR Headquarters is still shut down as well as the access to Benson Boat Landing.  Labor Day migrant birders will have to do with the CPR and surrounding environs. Good news is that the refuge staff have let the Blitzen waters flow.  A couple of weeks ago the river bed was bone dry at the bridge next to headquarters.  This weekend the river was filling the channel and many fields and canals have water in the northern part of the refuge.  Hit me up if you want a scouting report from the past couple of weeks at Malheur.

This will be the last post of the spring — see you in the fall!

Here it is, your moment of zen:

09 May 2016 – PNW Migration Update

Light to moderate migration last night.  The high pressure ridge we were watching at the end of last week moved north instead of inland.  That kept the winds out of the north.  Birds are moving through just not at peak densities.

Looks like it was a good weekend to be looking for shorebirds on the north coast – if timed right.  Take a look at what my friend Bob scrounged up HERE>

I haven’t caught up with the listserves but Western Tanager, Cassin Vireo, Yellow-breasted Chat and Lazuli Bunting are in.  And this morning i heard the flight calls of Swainson’s Thrush overhead; at least a half a dozen.

Nationally birds were dodging some heavy weather but in the breaks and clear air heavy migration was taking place.