21 March 2017 – PNW Migration Update

Rain, heavy at times and easing up through the night.  Sigh.

There was a nice south wind, so anxious birds braved the weather and picked their way north.  Not in great numbers but fairly widespread as the weather would allow.  It’s tough to pick them out between the rain cells so we have the Hydrometeor loop today to aide in finding the birds; a little like finding Waldo.

American White Pelicans have been reported in the region, a few more Western Kingbirds and Osprey as well.  Ruby-crowned Kinglets are starting to sing.  It’s a wonderful song and we only get a small window in early spring to hear it before they clear the area as they head north to the breeding grounds.

Pacific Slope Flycatcher reported in the Central Valley is a first arrival.

29 July 2016 – PNW Migration Update

Flights are still on the light side for the most part, but there is movement and there are pockets of moderate to heavy migration.  Take a look at the ATX (Seattle) radar and note the small, but dense, pulse of birds crossing the Strait over to the Peninsula.

The gulls and pelicans are beginning to build in numbers in the Metro area wetlands just as the first wave of shorebirds begins to taper off.  Last weekend there were 2-3 hundred pelicans out on Sauvie Island and reports of roughly the same number over at Smith-Bybee.  Every year it seems we are getting more and more, and this year, arriving earlier.

05 April 2016 – PNW Migration Update

Too much to do on the weekends – but the nocturnal flights during the good weather were in the moderate to heavy range.  Alas, i didn’t archive any loops.

Today, with cross winds, the flight was light last night.

Take a look at the Wind Map  and you can see why the Central Flyway had most of the action.

Common Yellowthroat, Barn Swallow, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Cliff Swallow, Caspian Tern, Chipping Sparrow, Black-throated Gray Warbler, American White Pelican — all now being reported in good numbers in the Portland/Vancouver Basin.

Early arrivals in Oregon include: Vaux’s Swift, Nashville Warbler, Pacific-slope Flycatcher.

As well as arrivals there are also departures,  Tundra Swan, Snow Goose, Canvasback, Ruddy Duck, Ring-necked Duck  — all significantly down in numbers