Another night obscured by clouds. But the birds are still moving south tonight, we just can’t see them organized. I know they are on the move because i’m hearing Greater White-fronted Geese flocks going overhead tonight.
We’ll take another look at the National Composite Radar. I put in a static shot, but remember you can always go to Paul’s Archive and see the whole loop, like last night’s HERE.
With pretty robust southerly winds moving across the Great Plains the Central Flyway, especially in the north was again on the moderate to light side of things. But the eastern flyways had some pretty intense movement last night.
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
Another solid night of migration with returns into the 20+ dBZ range. More noticeable migrants pile out of the Nisqually Basin and into the Vancouver Basin.
Reports of more Cackling Geese, first Hermit Thrushes on the valley floor, Fox and Golden Crowned Sparrows as well. We are well into the season and trips into the field this weekend should yield plenty of FOS birds. The Chapman School Vaux’s Swifts are still piling into the chimney by the thousands each night.
Barn Swallows continue to roost and fly-out at dawn along the Willamette River in Yamhill County. The evening roost flight was particularly dense last night.
There’s still a lot of smoke in the air which is spiking returns along the Cascades.
Speaking of which the divers are now passing through the high lakes; loons, grebes, and diving ducks are being reported. There is still sizable movement of shorebirds and the first Cackling Geese are being reported.
The Barn Swallows continue to put on a show at dawn.
OK — now we’re talking! And there are A LOT more ducks in the area.
Radar was lit up into the 20+ dBZ range throughout the night. We had good images too; starting before the night bloom and into the dawn.
As a plus we have the Barn Swallow roost in Yamhill County along the Willamette River. In the first loop we can see them put down before dusk. I added a short loop so we can see them take off at dawn; which is much more pronounced. If you look closely you can see a few more dawn fly-outs; a couple in southern Marion County and one along the Columbia in Columbia County.
Oh, i heard of a Bufflehead sighting; something i usually associate with the last legs of the fall migration. A vanguard no doubt, but odd none the less.