Light but favorable winds over the region last night, especially along the coast.
Again most of the action was in the east Counties along the spine and western flanks of the Cascades. There was a nice, and interesting flight from Vancouver Island that washed down the Olympic Peninsula coast line (LGX radar). I don’t recall seeing such an organized flight in this area before, but don’t hold me to it. On the ATX radar (not shown) it was weird; it seemed there was little movement except at moderate levels restricted to the shores of the Puget Sound.
If i had the day off i would head up to the Cascades and check out Clear and Timothy Lakes. I see the divers are starting to arrive; there have been reports of C. Loons and RN Grebes come in to the review queue this morning. (Timothy Lake)
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.
Excellent night for migrant flight! The I5 corridor was just jammed with birds last night; from the Canadian border to the Metro Area and from Cape Flattery to Fort Stevens — bada bing. Heaviest migration of the season.
The high pressure ridge is getting a bit smooshed by a low in the Gulf of Alaska but it should hold up for another day at least.