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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14 April 2017 – PNW Migration Update

We had an abbreviated flight last night; lasting from about 8 PM to 2 AM, and it wasn’t particularly widespread.  I’m pretty sure the birds are as sick of the rain as i am but at least it  was spread out and not too heavy.

Big night for the Atlantic and especially the Mississippi Flyways.

San Diego is reporting the first Lazuli Buntings and Western Kingbirds.  We don’t usually get Ash-throated Flycatchers in the Metro area but the Central Valley (CA) is now reporting them.

Locally: Hammond’s Flycatchers, House Wrens, Bullock’s Orioles and Yellow Warblers have now been reported.

12 April 2017 – PNW Migration Update

A solid night of ….. rain.  I’m sure birds are slipping through, we just can’t see them.

So i put in the National Composite (thanks Paul) and the wind map.  A good study today about migration and weather.  Big flight up the Central Flyway,  shut down behind the squall line but advancement up the Atlantic Flyway ahead of the weather.

Central Valley is reporting Bullock’s Orioles, Black-headed Grosbeaks, Purple Martins, House Wrens, Wilson’s, Nashville and Yellow Warblers.  The Yellow and Nashville Warblers have made it to the Metro Area as well as the Purple Martins.

12 April 2016 – PNW Migration Update

Another night of moderate migration.  Seems like most movement was departures.

House Wren seems to be the new wave of summer residents to arrive en mass. But reports of early Western Tanagers and Swainson’s Thrush are popping up in the southern reaches of Oregon.

A new low pressure system is building offshore. If it holds off from forming rain cells we might get a nice southerly wind to push migrants northward tomorrow.

06 April 2016 – PNW Migration Update

Moderate movement around the region last night but heavier than last night.

Early House Wrens, more Nashville Warblers and Cassin’s Vireos. Common Yellowthroats are everywhere now.  Vesper Sparrows have returned to their north valley breeding grounds.

The weather is a mixed and confused bag of competing systems right now, so it’s hard to tell where this is going in the next few days.