09 April 2018 – PNW Migration Update

Things are heating up!

All manner of shorebirds are moving through the metro area – Dunlin, Yellowlegs, Black-bellied Plovers and Red-necked Phalaropes.  (I didn’t go out into the field this weekend — it was the Masters and i haven’t missed that for over 50 years.  Freddy Couples still shooting birdies!)

The Flycatchers are in San Diego; Pacific Slope and Hammond’s – no Willows yet (they’re last)

With favorable winds we had really solid movement up the valley and along the coast last night, not so much in the Puget Sound trough, so i’ll leave that out.


05 April 2018 – PNW Migration Update

Caspian Terns have made it to Astoria, Black-throated Gray and Yellow Warblers , Vaux’s Swifts to Eugene, Western Tanagers to Bandon and Black-necked Stilts at Basket Slough.  Game on folks!

I had Dunlins in alternate plumage and a Cinnamon Teal yesterday on the sump i bird every weekday.

Last night’s radar is a bit of a mess but early on you can make out movement that reaches the 20 dBZ level in patches.

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.