11 April 2016 – PNW Migration Update

Since i take the weekends off from this project i’m not sure what the birds were up to Friday and Saturday night.

But i do know what they were doing in the field.  Duck numbers are down, Snow Geese are gone but there are plenty of Cacklers still around.  A few more shorebirds are around.  The snipe are winnowing, Sooty Grouse are booming and a few cranes are practicing their mating dance.  Common Yellowthoats are firmly entrenched. Chipping Sparrows are dotting the landscape.  And northbound Blue-winged Teal are popping up in their usual low density numbers but to the delight of those who happen upon this strikingly beautiful bird.

On the listserves; MacGillivray’s Warbler, Black-headed Grosbeak, and Western Tanager have made it to the Willamette Valley.

Outliers of Hammond’s Flycatcher, Swainson’s Thrush and Western Wood Pewee have been reported as well.  Treat those as you will.

Last night we had light to moderate migration across the region so i am going to conserve cloud space and only put in the RTX loop today.  LGX and ATX both had approximately the same density.

08 April 2016 – PNW Migration Update

Unfavorable but light winds did not deter migrating birds.  Most of the action was up in the Seattle area with a very strong flight across the Strait of Juan de Fuca.  Also, a significant movement along the coast.

Sora, Chipping Sparrow, Black-headed Grosbeak and Western Wood Pewee have now been reported in the northern Willamette Valley.

05 April 2016 – PNW Migration Update

Too much to do on the weekends – but the nocturnal flights during the good weather were in the moderate to heavy range.  Alas, i didn’t archive any loops.

Today, with cross winds, the flight was light last night.

Take a look at the Wind Map  and you can see why the Central Flyway had most of the action.

Common Yellowthroat, Barn Swallow, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Cliff Swallow, Caspian Tern, Chipping Sparrow, Black-throated Gray Warbler, American White Pelican — all now being reported in good numbers in the Portland/Vancouver Basin.

Early arrivals in Oregon include: Vaux’s Swift, Nashville Warbler, Pacific-slope Flycatcher.

As well as arrivals there are also departures,  Tundra Swan, Snow Goose, Canvasback, Ruddy Duck, Ring-necked Duck  — all significantly down in numbers

 

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.