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.

22 May 2017 – PNW Migration Update

Our ridge of high pressure is holding and we should have another day or two of this exceptional weather.  There is a deep trough behind it that we need to keep an eye on though.

Last night was another good night for night flight.  It petered out in the northern portion of the I5 corridor but still decent.  Medford had one of it’s best nights of the season.  So, i’m putting up the I5 radar loops; Medford to Seattle in today’s gallery.

I didn’t find any Willow Flycatchers this weekend but they are definitely filling in as seen HERE. I did come across my first Lazuli Buntings, but they have been here a couple of weeks now; i just can’t get out into the field as often as i like.  HERE is their map.

18 May 2017 – PNW Migration Update

A very good night for flocks flying free.  All alliteration aside, again we had clear skies and gentle winds out of the north.  The upper left corner was cooking green doughnuts last night with a really nice flight across the Strait of Juan de Fuca over to Vancouver Island.

One more Willow Flycatcher was added to the MAP.

10 May 2017 – PNW Migration Update

The clear passage brings a river of birds.  I wonder if it gets as congested as I5 up there?

So, let’s take a look at the I5 corridor from Medford to Seattle today (and the National Composite – just to keep tabs.)

Still no Willow Flycatcher; May 13 is median arrival date for the Willamette Valley.

08 May 2017 – PNW Migration Update

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:

04 November 2016 – PNW Migration Update

Light north winds but clear skies, even with migration winding down, we still have a few migrants moving south.

With RTX off line we’ll take a look at the other two regional radars today; ATX in Seattle and LGX on the coast at Gray’s Harbor.

21 October 2016 – PNW Migration Update

Good News!  KRTX is back on line!

Last night we had moderate amounts of migrants in the skies from Vancouver Island and down the I5 corridor.  Winds were light and out of the west.  Not too big of a problem.