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

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15 September 2017 – PNW Migration Update

Another solid night of migration with returns into the 20+ dBZ range.  More noticeable migrants pile out of the Nisqually Basin and into the Vancouver Basin.

Reports of more Cackling Geese, first Hermit Thrushes on the valley floor, Fox and Golden Crowned Sparrows as well.  We are well into the season and trips into the field this weekend should yield plenty of FOS birds.  The Chapman School Vaux’s Swifts are still piling into the chimney by the thousands each night.

Barn Swallows continue to roost and fly-out at dawn along the Willamette River in Yamhill County.  The evening roost flight was particularly dense last night.

14 September 2017 – PNW Migration Update

There’s still a lot of smoke in the air which is spiking returns along the Cascades.

Speaking of which the divers are now passing through the high lakes; loons, grebes, and diving ducks are being reported.  There is still sizable movement of shorebirds and the first Cackling Geese are being reported.

The Barn Swallows continue to put on a show at dawn.

11 October 2016 – PNW Migration Update

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.

28 September 2016 – PNW Migration Update

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.

14 September 2016 – PNW Migration Update

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,

12 September 2016 – PNW Migration Update

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.