11 April 2017 – PNW Migration Update

It took a while for the conditions to clear but around 3:30 AM the feathers were flying; even some bands of 20 dBZ or better.

Lots more Orange-crowned and Black-throated Gray Warblers and a first Western Flycatcher.

07 April 2017 – PNW Migration Update

A few rain cells had to be dodged last night but the birds were out in front and then came in behind the largest of them.  I didn’t hear of any new arrivals just more of the ones mentioned yesterday.

The real news is the powerful and well organized spring cyclone that will rake the Oregon and Washington coasts with gusts up to 70 mph. The winds will initially be out of the south and maybe some diurnal migrants will take advantage.  HERE is a great write up about the forecast by Cliff Mass.

When you look at the Wind Power Density map you can see two things jump out — the power of the approaching storm and the stream lines out of the south right up the Central Flyway — and indeed that flyway was very active last night; from Brownsville to Minot.

 

06 April 2017 – PNW Migration Update

Well, it’s raining again.  But, there was a gap during the night and our northbound feathered cohabitants took advantage of the break.

Black-throated Gray Warblers, Orange Crowned Warblers, Caspian Terns, Calliope Hummingbirds, Yellow-headed Blackbirds, Common Yellowtrhoats, Evening Grosbeaks and Chipping Sparrows — now being reported in or around the 45th parallel.  It happens like that; in a mad rush.

05 April 2017 – Migration Update

Some early, but light, rain dampened  the exodus.  However, the urge north is upon us.

It’s the departure of the winter residents more than the spring arrivals that marks this time of year.  Wintering sparrows and raptors are thinning out.  That said, I was in Klamath Falls this weekend and the transition highlights were:  dancing Grebes, Swainson’s and Ferruginous Hawks, Eared Grebes in breeding plumage, Prairie Falcons making a nest, and singing Canyon Wrens.

30 March 2017 – PNW Migration Update

We can see a few birds on the move darting and weaving between rain cells last night.  At least it’s something!

New arrivals being reported: Vaux’s Swifts, Common Yellowthroat, and now all five swallows.

29 March 2017 – PNW Migration Update

Update?  What update? Not happening here.

Let’s look at something more enticing: the night flight across the Florida Straits.

20 March 2017 – PNW Migration Update

Sigh.

Looking elsewhere: