26 May 2017 – PNW Migration Update

Nighthawks have arrived in Oregon.  HERE is the map – not too impressive and these are the first arrivals to be sure.  But — This kind of ends the arrival notifications for the season; birds are still on the move however; they are settling in and looking for summer nesting locations; filling in the gaps.

It is the beginning of a long weekend and after that i will be far afield and unplugged.  There are a couple of days next week i will be checking in on migration; if i see anything pronounced i’ll post it — but i doubt that will happen.

Blue-winged Teal have been popping up here and there in the remaining wetlands throughout the region HERE  This is a spring ritual as they are late migrants and occasional breeders that winter to our south.  They are such magnificent birds it is always a treat to come across them.

The Mississippi Flyway is still electric when the conditions are favorable so we’ll take one last look at the National Composite Radar in today’s gallery as well.

11 May 2017 – PNW Migration Update

A low pressure system has made landfall.  The leading edge winds are out of the south and ahead of the rain we had a decent flight last night in the Metro area.

I had to look to the southern Willamette Valley to find our first reports of Willow Flycatcher; one in Lane and one in Benton County.  These are a week old and may be vanguard birds. But, Fittzz Bewww could be heard, maybe this weekend, in the Portland/Vancouver area.  That would leave only the Common Nighthawk to bring up the rear.

And a look at the national radar composite.

25 May 2016 – Migration Update

Migration continues in spite of my absence – i’ve been out birding far afield.

Nighthawks have arrived in Oregon – i saw one two days ago in Diamond and a couple of the members in my party saw a couple more around Malheur NWR. This kind of ends the arrival notifications but birds are still on the move as they settle in and look for summer nesting locations.

Malheur NWR Headquarters is still shut down as well as the access to Benson Boat Landing.  Labor Day migrant birders will have to do with the CPR and surrounding environs. Good news is that the refuge staff have let the Blitzen waters flow.  A couple of weeks ago the river bed was bone dry at the bridge next to headquarters.  This weekend the river was filling the channel and many fields and canals have water in the northern part of the refuge.  Hit me up if you want a scouting report from the past couple of weeks at Malheur.

This will be the last post of the spring — see you in the fall!

Here it is, your moment of zen:

17 May 2016 – PNW Migration Update

Well, the Willow Flycatcher is now being reported across the Metro area.  Just getting back i have not checked the listserves but i think all of the neotropical migrants have arrived.  Common Nighthawk being the exception; it has not yet been reported in Oregon.  They have been spotted in isolated sightings in California a few times.

Last night, in spite of a mild head wind, migration through the Metro area was on the heavy side — not so much along the coast.  The winds might have been a bit more intense.