12 March 2018 – PNW Migration Update

Rufous Hummingbirds have made it to the Portland area.

Bullock’s Orioles are in Merced Co. in the Central Valley.

Lots of birds are on the move; most likely waterfowl beginning to head north.


07 March 2018 – PNW Migration Update

Well here we are again!

So, vanguard Turkey Vultures and Ospreys have been reported in the valley.

Rufus Hummingbirds along the south coast in Coos County.

Tree and Violet Green Swallows are just showing up throughout the area.

Robins are singing pre-dawn and Starlings are foreshadowing the arrival of Western Wood Pewees by imitating them.

Down in Anza-Borrego, “The Borrego Valley Hawkwatch has begun. So far over 150 Swainson’s Hawks have migrated through the region”

And this morning i heard Greater White-fronted Geese headed north overhead.

30 October 2017 – PNW Migration Update

The radar tells the story — birds are moving but in a very subdued and patchy fashion.

Like the Willow Flycatcher in spring it’s the Bufflehead that i look for in fall to signal “the end” of migration.  Not actually the end because there will still be migrants filling in from behind.  And here i;m not talking about vanguard individuals but a bulk presence; some sense of a density that signals “arrival”.

So, on Sunday (non-hunt day) is traveled a couple of the accessible areas on Sauvie Island. Bufflehead, Canvasback, Lesser Scaup, Dusky Canada Geese and Tundra Swans had all arrived is solid numbers.  And filling in from behind are large numbers of Cackling and Snow Geese, Northern Pintails, Ring-necked Ducks, and American Coots.

There’s still time up on the Cascade Lakes for transiting divers, and if you have the privilege of free weekdays, taking advantage of this weather to scout them may be worthwhile.

I’ll keep an eye on the radar and an ear to the ground, but unless we get a new surge, and the radar returns remain feeble this may be the last post of the season.

So, here it is, “your moment of zen”

26 October 2017 – PNW Migration Update

I’m still not seeing the duck numbers i expect but the Cackling Geese have DEFINITELY arrived.  I saw 2 to 3 thousand of them yesterday in the rural fields of Clackamas County.

But the number of migrants wanes:

25 October 2017 – PNW Migration Update

light, with spots to the north of moderate to heavy, migration last night.

There’s no weather and winds out of the north.  The big waves of migrants have passed through but there are a ton of ducks still missing.

23 October 2017 – PNW Migration Update

First clear night since the last update and it was, as expected, a moderate event.  We still see good movement on the western flanks of the Cascades and a nice pulse mid-valley probably associated with duck and goose movement between the NWR’s.

I’m not seeing much except coastal movements on the listserves. I got out into the field a little this weekend; found a large flock of Pine Siskins, and had about 30 gulls around the Willamette Falls area – one Western, one Herring, and 28 Olympic, no Icelandic and no pure(ish) Glaucous-winged.

18 October 2017 – PNW Migration Update

The slowing of migration continues.  In fact it is barely noticeable in the Portland area.  So we’ll take a look at the ATX (Seattle) radar where the migration returns are more pronounced, especially across the Strait.