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.

19 April 2018 – PNW Migration Update

Pretty nice conditions but a rather muted night for this time of year.  We had patches up into the 20+ dBZ levels most notable up around Nisqually  NWR.  The coast was much more active with pretty solid 20+ dBZ returns.

New migrants in the area: Grasshopper and Chipping Sparrows.

18 April 2018 – PNW Migration Update

There was decent movement across the region with a traceable pulse up the Willamette Valley.  The coast had a nice movement of birds as well.

Outside of an early movement of Greater White-fronted Geese, no new news about recent arrivals outside of the perennial Swainson’s/Hermit Thrush debate. NO Swainson’s Thrush before May without incontrovertible documentation!

 

17 April 2018 – PNW Migration Update

OK, there is just too much to get through, and i’ve been off grid for only four days.

I’m probably going to miss something; in the Metro area new arrivals are:

Wilson’s Warbler, Cassin’s Vireo and Hammond’s Flycatcher.

In Oregon; Western Kingbirds, Black-headed Grosbeak, House Wren and Bullock’s Oriole.

Not much to see on last night’s radar, and i am behind in other areas, so that’s it for today.

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.

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.