01 May 2017 – PNW Migration Update

And then there were birds!

Big weekend for the Pacific Flyway.  I have the Friday/Saturday loop, but left in on another computer; it looks pretty much like today’s Sunday/Monday loop.  Saturday/Sunday was muted by weather.

More arrivals: Western Kingbird, Western Tanager, Lazuli Bunting, Black-headed and Evening Grosbeak,  Bullock’s Oriole, Sora, Empids, Wilson’s and Nashville Warbler, and Cassin’s and Warbling Vireo.  All five Swallows have now been reported as well as Vaux’s Swift. Big numbers of the early migrants as well, House Wren, Yellow-rumped and Orange-crowned Warblers.  Pelicans and Purple Martins are more widely reported on Sauvie Island.

Many birds are already on, or building, nests and even some fledglings are being seen.  I even saw a Green-winged Teal male transitioning to eclipse plumage this weekend.

I haven’t seen or heard a Ruby-crowned Kinglet in a while; Golden-crowned Sparrow numbers are down, Migrant Fox and Lincoln’s Sparrows are pretty much off the radar.  Water Fowl numbers are dropping as well.

Let’s see, what’s left?  From memory (so don’t hold me to this) Swainson’s Thrush,  Yellow Warbler, Western Wood Pewee, Red-eyed Vireo (rare but annual nesting resident) Willow Flycatcher and ……?

I really should change the title of these posts.  The Pacific Northwest is a big place and i don’t keep tabs of much outside of the Portland/Vancouver Basin and the Willamette Valley.  So, for example, when the Puffins return to the coast, i’ll miss it by a couple of weeks to a month, they’re back, but i’m not sure of when they arrived.

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06 April 2017 – PNW Migration Update

Well, it’s raining again.  But, there was a gap during the night and our northbound feathered cohabitants took advantage of the break.

Black-throated Gray Warblers, Orange Crowned Warblers, Caspian Terns, Calliope Hummingbirds, Yellow-headed Blackbirds, Common Yellowtrhoats, Evening Grosbeaks and Chipping Sparrows — now being reported in or around the 45th parallel.  It happens like that; in a mad rush.

30 March 2017 – PNW Migration Update

We can see a few birds on the move darting and weaving between rain cells last night.  At least it’s something!

New arrivals being reported: Vaux’s Swifts, Common Yellowthroat, and now all five swallows.

27 March 2017 – PNW Migration Update

This is way past getting old so lets not discuss it.

Black-headed Grosbeaks in San Diego, Ospreys, Rufus Hummingbirds, and most Swallows are firmly established in the Metro Region.

Elsewhere at the national level we can see the SE and Gulf Coast hopping.  A few storms to dodge here and there but plenty of open air.  Thanks Paul!

 

Update:  27m27 minutes ago

We haven’t had 2 consecutive dry days at PDX since Feb 12-13. 3 consecutive days? Go back to Jan 12-16 with snow on the ground and highs <32

14m14 minutes ago

After the wettest Feb on record, PDX is knocking on the door of another record in March. Record: 7.89″. Current: 7.00″

17 March 2017 – PNW Migration Update

First clear night in a LONG time and winds out of the south = a pretty decent and widespread movement of north bound migrants.  Decent enough that i even put in the loop from Gray’s Harbor (LGX)

Looking at the wind map we can see why there was very little movement up the Atlantic Flyway and some decent flights up the Central Flyway.

A few shorebirds are popping up, swallows are becoming more widely reported including early vanguard Cliff and Northern Rough-wing, and the Snow Goose numbers are way down on Sauvie Island.

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.