01 November 2017 – PNW Migration Update

The Pacific Flyway continues to have very light migration, it is just a trickle down the Central Flyway, the Mississippi Flyway had some serious weather, but the Atlantic Flyway is still rocking.

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04 October 2017 – PNW Migration Update

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Message Date: Oct 04 2017 05:28:01

As of 0525 UTC Wednesday, October 4, 2017, KRTX radar continues to experience si
gnificant technical issues which prevent the reliable operation of the radar.

And so it continues … bummer.

So, up in Seattle there was a light to moderate migration signature.  Nationally a squall line from New Mexico to Michigan held up some birds; most pronounced in the norther sections.

27 September 2017 – PNW Migration Update

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Message Date: Sep 25 2017 20:26:11

KRTX HAS SUFFERED A HARDWARE FAILURE AND WILL BE DOWN UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

 

Well, that explains the wonkiness.  I still haven’t caught up on migration news on the listservs but i would expect the duck and geese numbers to be up.  It is also the height of the diver migration, loons, grebes and diving ducks, in the High Cascades so a trip to Timothy Lake may be in order this weekend.

Without RTX on line we’ll take a look to the north at ATX and it was a wild night.  Heavy migration across the whole region.

Nationally, all flyways were packed with birds especially the Mississippi.

19 September 2017 – PNW Migration Update

Another night obscured by clouds.  But the birds are still moving south tonight,  we just can’t see them organized.  I know they are on the move because i’m hearing Greater White-fronted Geese flocks going overhead tonight.

We’ll take another look at the National Composite Radar. I put in a static shot, but remember you can always go to Paul’s Archive and see the whole loop, like last night’s HERE.

With pretty robust southerly winds moving across the Great Plains the Central Flyway, especially in the north was again on the moderate to light side of things.  But the eastern flyways had some pretty intense movement last night.

18 September 2017 – PNW Migration Update

There is not much to see on the radar due to the clouds and rain so we’ll save some disc space today and leave out the radar loop.

Over the weekend FOS  and changes noted: Sandhill Cranes are back by the hundreds, Great Egrets are staging in the hundreds, Cackling Geese numbers reaching the thousands, Golden-crowned and Fox Sparrows are showing up, Lincoln’s Sparrow and Dark-eyed Junco numbers are increasing on the valley floor as they come down out of the mountains, and Double-crested Cormorants are moving inland.

I probably missed a few as well.

A static shot of the National Radar Composite shows the very active Mississippi Flyway but with good movement down the Atlantic and moderate movement along the Central Flyway

12 September 2017 – PNW Migration Update

A solid night for migrant movement but on the modest side of things.

Today’s local radar loop has yesterday’s Barn Swallow flyout and the evening roost settling in it.  These can be seen along the Willamette River in Yamhill County.

I put in the National Composite Radar today.  The Central and Mississippi Flyways are packed, especially in the north.  And as you would expect behind the remnants of Irma — not much.

31 August 2017 – PNW Migration Update

Local radar, KRTX, is down for scheduled maintenance:

“The KRTX National Weather Service Doppler radar will go down today, August 28th,
through the remainder of this week for the second phase of upgrades to the rada
r which started last October. We anticipate the radar will return to service at
some point on Friday, September 1st. PT 8/28/2017 619 AM PDT 1319UTC.”

Regional winds are light and generally out of the north.  The Seattle radar, ATX, shows decent movement throughout the Sound and across the Strait.

Nationally birds are on the move, filling in behind Harvey.  There are still significant winds arcing over the Gulf States so Louisiana to Florida are dark.