09 April 2018 – PNW Migration Update

Things are heating up!

All manner of shorebirds are moving through the metro area – Dunlin, Yellowlegs, Black-bellied Plovers and Red-necked Phalaropes.  (I didn’t go out into the field this weekend — it was the Masters and i haven’t missed that for over 50 years.  Freddy Couples still shooting birdies!)

The Flycatchers are in San Diego; Pacific Slope and Hammond’s – no Willows yet (they’re last)

With favorable winds we had really solid movement up the valley and along the coast last night, not so much in the Puget Sound trough, so i’ll leave that out.


04 April 2018 – PNW Migration Update

Purple Martin have made it to the Metro Area.  As well some shorebird movement with Black-bellied Plovers and Lesser Yellowlegs being reported.

Black-headed Grosbeak, Wilson’s and Nashville Warblers now being reported in San Diego area — they’re on their way!

Messy radar images from last night due to cloud cover and patches of rain, so we’ll check in on the National Scene.

A large storm system from Texas to New England restricted migration to the SE much like the last time we checked in on the 27th.  Note the lift off from Cuba as birds cross the Straits to the Keys.

03 April 2018 – PNW Migration Update

A bit better but still in the low to moderate range – all sub 20 dBZ returns.

Purple Martins in southern Oregon, Black-bellied Plovers along the coast, Brewer’s Sparrows east of the Cascades, out of place Lapland Longspurs in mid-Willamette Valley.

Here’s the loop from last night:

01 April 2016 – PNW Migration Update

Same as yesterday — light winds in the eye of the ridge and birds are on the move!

Lots of new migrants to report: in the San Diego area – Western Tanagers, Nashville Warblers, Wilson Warblers, Warbling Vireos, Black-throated Gray Warblers and Bullocks Orioles.

In Oregon: Chipping Sparrows, more Purple Martins, Cliff Swallows, Caspian Terns, Black-bellied Plovers, flocks of Dunlin, Calliope Hummingbird, and White-throated Swifts.

I threw in a loop from Key West in today’s gallery because it is always cool to see birds taking off from Cuba and head across the Florida Straights.