Light winds and a clear sky — lots of birds flying by. Heavy and widespread migration was underway again last night. Columbia County has had Cackling Geese hoards for a while now. Yesterday is the first time i’ve seen large roaming flocks in Clackamas County.
Back from a wee vacation. Only one birding stop.
Last night saw heavy movement along the I5 corridor from the Canadian border south. In the Metro area the east counties had the bulk of the movement. Lots of divers and errant ducks being reported from the high Cascade Lakes. I haven’t had time to catch up on the listservs to see what has been trickling in but i did see large skeins of Cackling Geese in the Portland/Vancouver Basin when passing through. The waterfowl will be making up the bulk of the migrants from here on out.
The Barn Swallow roost is still putting on a dawn show down in Yamhill and Marion Counties along the Willamette River.
Pretty solid flight last night around the Metro Region.
In today’s loop: just as it starts look at the Yamhill/Marion County border along the Willamette River — Barn Swallows coming into roost! It starts around 5:00 PM (00:00 UTC) and lasts a few hours until around 7:00 PM (02:00 UTC). Then this morning around 6:30 AM (13:00 UTC) they begin to disperse for the day — mainly headed north.
First Ruby-crowned Kinglets are being reported as well as the first (Sooty) Fox Sparrows and quite a few more Cackling Geese showing up,
Migrants are feeling the call south. With winds out of the east, probably from temperature differentials, the cross winds did not slow the birds down last night. The upper left hand corner was jammed with southbound sojourners.
The first Cackling Geese are being seen, wintering pink-footed gulls are pushing into the valley and more early Golden-crowned Sparrows are popping up here and there.