08 May 2018 – PNW Migration Update

HERE is last night’s radar loop.  It’s pretty solid.

Well, i thought i would be seeing reports of new arrivals en masse.  But no; however i did scrounge up an eBird report for Bullock’s Oriole.  I can’t remember if that’s a first for the metro area, but i think it is.  Update: Lazuli Buntings now being reported in the Metro Area

Swainson’s Thrush are thick in the Central Valley now and a few reports of vanguard birds along the southern coast of Oregon.  Maybe today?  I listened for their nocturnal flight calls for 15 minutes this early, pre-dawn morning but didn’t detect any.

Administrative note:

I’ve started working on the next blog “birds over portland – 3”.  But they have changed the interface and it is turning out to be a challenge.  I worked on it for a few hours last night and didn’t get very far.  I’m not sure i will be able to get it off the ground this season but i’ll keep plugging away at it.



26 May 2017 – PNW Migration Update

Nighthawks have arrived in Oregon.  HERE is the map – not too impressive and these are the first arrivals to be sure.  But — This kind of ends the arrival notifications for the season; birds are still on the move however; they are settling in and looking for summer nesting locations; filling in the gaps.

It is the beginning of a long weekend and after that i will be far afield and unplugged.  There are a couple of days next week i will be checking in on migration; if i see anything pronounced i’ll post it — but i doubt that will happen.

Blue-winged Teal have been popping up here and there in the remaining wetlands throughout the region HERE  This is a spring ritual as they are late migrants and occasional breeders that winter to our south.  They are such magnificent birds it is always a treat to come across them.

The Mississippi Flyway is still electric when the conditions are favorable so we’ll take one last look at the National Composite Radar in today’s gallery as well.