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.

 

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02 May 2018 – PNW Migration Update

Western Wood Pewees and Bullock’s Orioles are now being reported in Oregon.  San Diego has it’s first report of Swainson’s Thrush.  No reports of Willow Flycatcher yet.

As a guide to spring migration phenology I have a page in the top banner with a calendar. And at the bottom of that page is a link to a very good narrative written by David Irons.  HERE is a direct link to his work, and it is really worth the time.

Pretty solid movement across the region last night.  The high pressure ridge is weakening and winds, while not favorable were very light.  The Atlantic Flyway was really lit up last night, probably it’s best this season.   Well, all Flyways were very active, the Atlantic just stood out to me. Lots in the gallery today.

 

17 April 2018 – PNW Migration Update

OK, there is just too much to get through, and i’ve been off grid for only four days.

I’m probably going to miss something; in the Metro area new arrivals are:

Wilson’s Warbler, Cassin’s Vireo and Hammond’s Flycatcher.

In Oregon; Western Kingbirds, Black-headed Grosbeak, House Wren and Bullock’s Oriole.

Not much to see on last night’s radar, and i am behind in other areas, so that’s it for today.

06 April 2018 – PNW Migration Update

Common Yellowthroat, MacGillivray’s Warbler and more Bullock’s Orioles in the San Diego area.

Cassin’s Vireos and Wilson’s Warblers have made it to Oregon.

Lots of rain in last night’s radar and not much detectable movement, so we’ll check in on the National migration. (Remember you can always go to Paul’s site to get the loop)

The heavy weather system has moved on and birds are moving through the Ohio Valley and up the Central Flyway.

02 April 2018 – PNW Migration Update

Weather is in you’re face birds!

Really not seeing that much, Bullock’s Oriole in the Central Valley (CA).

I saw Yellow-rumped Warblers in full on alternate plumage this weekend, Cinnamon Teal copulating, Osprey’s nest building, Greater Yellowlegs numbers climbing as well as swallows, Sora and Virginia Rails calling from the cat-tails, Pine Siskins moving through, but no new neo-tropicals.  Kind of expected some Yellowthroats but didn’t detect any.

No radar loop today – saving disc space.  But CHECK THIS OUT!

Kids these days — smart as all get out!

 

12 March 2018 – PNW Migration Update

Rufous Hummingbirds have made it to the Portland area.

Bullock’s Orioles are in Merced Co. in the Central Valley.

Lots of birds are on the move; most likely waterfowl beginning to head north.

15 May 2017 – PNW Migration Update

The RTX radar is on the fritz again

Message Date:  May 13 2017 23:26:26

KRTX will remain out of service until further notice due to failure of a critica
l component.

So, i grabbed the Gray’s Harbor (LGX) loop from last night.  Migrants are still on the move and staying out in front of the rain squalls.

Still no Willow Warblers in the northern Willamette Valley.  But the Bullock’s Orioles’ main contingent has arrived as well as the Yellow Warblers, Western Tanagers and Black-headed Grosbeaks.