RTX just came back on line — just in time to log the rain. So we’ll save some disc space.
Message Date: May 16 2017 08:17:05
KRTX has returned to service. 5/16 1 am PDT (08Z)
Still no northern Willamette Valley Willow Flycatcher reports (which is a bit odd), but the Eastern Kingbirds are back out on the Sandy River Delta. Nationally migration moves apace very nicely.
The weather looks bleak for the next day or two but there is a nice high pressure ridge building over the Pacific that should move the storm track to the north and bring in some very nice, and needed relief. It looks really broad so we may get extended nice weather through the weekend.
A low pressure system has made landfall. The leading edge winds are out of the south and ahead of the rain we had a decent flight last night in the Metro area.
I had to look to the southern Willamette Valley to find our first reports of Willow Flycatcher; one in Lane and one in Benton County. These are a week old and may be vanguard birds. But, Fittzz Bewww could be heard, maybe this weekend, in the Portland/Vancouver area. That would leave only the Common Nighthawk to bring up the rear.
Clear skies, negligible wind and primordial urge — migration continues. Still no Willow Flycatcher.
I put in the National Composite today to show why birding the Gulf Coast is so rewarding. The static image is from about 3 PM Monday. Note the 20-30 dBZ returns along the coast. Those are trans-gulf migrants making landfall and they need a rest.
RTX is back on line! Whew; that can take over a week sometimes. Came back on line late Friday.
Migration is entering it’s peak phase. Most, but not all vanguards have arrived and are being followed by the trailing hoards.
Wilson’s Warblers were over the top conspicuous when i was in the field Saturday. A few more reports of Swainson’s Thrush and i definitely heard my first Western Wood Pewee on Sunday and a handful of other reports are up on eBird. Lazuli Buntings are filling in. Bullock’s Orioles have made it to the Seattle area. No sign of Willow Flycatchers yet.
The Atlantic Flyway was the only flyway that was underwhelming in regard to it’s capacity. The rest look to be at full tilt.
I threw in the Seattle (ATX) loop today for good measure: