07 May 2018 – PNW Migration Update

Tri-county: Orange-crowned and Wilson’s Warblers, Western Tanagers and Black-headed Grosbeaks are in abundance.  At lower densities Hammond’s and Pacific-slope Flycatchers.

In the metro area we are still waiting on Western Wood Pewee, Lazuli Bunting, Bullock’s Oriole and Swainson’s Thrush. And of course the last to the party; Willow Flycatcher.

It’s a really cool radar loop today.  There is a BIG push up the Willamette Valley settling in the Metro/Tri-county area.  Maybe the wait will be over for the previously mentioned migrants.  I’ll have to wait on the reports from those with more time and resources, but i wouldn’t be surprised if that push brings new faces into the region.

And …. it looks like you’re going to have to go HERE to play the loop.  I knew this was going to happen soon; i’ve run out of disk space.  I will have to put together “birds over portland – 3”.  That will take some time, so, the next few posts will be narratives.  Crap!

 

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10 April 2018 – PNW Migration Update

A bit late today, sorry about that, but life, you know….

Ok, we still have favorable winds and through most of the night no rain. So birds were on the move!  Up to the 20+ dBZ level all along the I5 corridor and along the coast.

Black-throated Gray and Orange-crowned Warblers, Common Yellowthoat, Purple Martin, Cliff Swallow — all increasing in numbers in the Metro Area.  Waterfowl numbers are dwindling (but not gone yet!)

San Diego got it’s first reported Lazuli Bunting and Warbling Vireos are increasing in numbers.

Don’t you just love this time of year!

04 May 2017 – PDX Migration Update

We’ve had a couple of excellent nights for migration back to back.  And the whole Pacific Flyway was lit up last night.

But our local radar, KRTX:

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Message Date:  May 04 2017 06:20:01

THE KRTX (PORTLAND) RADAR HAS FAILED AND WILL BE DOWN UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. TECH
NICIANS ARE ASSESSING THE ISSUE.

Anyway: Nashville and Orange-crowned warblers are moving through in extraordinary numbers.A lone report of an Olive-sided Flycatcher, scattered Bullock’s Orioles and Western Kingbirds are also in the area. Waterfowl numbers continue to drop. Locally we’re waiting on Swainson’s Thrush, Western Wood Pewee, and Lazuli Bunting.

Nesting and even some fledglings are now being reported (and seen) as well.

 

 

17 April 2017 – PNW Migration Update

Friday through Sunday: Friday not so much, Saturday bada bing, Sunday ??? the radar is wonky.

Friday/Saturday the rain kept our friends pretty much grounded; some decent movement but on the  light side.

Saturday morning i went into the coast range and found the Sooty Grouse, Mountain Quail and Gray Jays calling. Didn’t see either chicken but the Jays were conspicuous. My usual transect is being radically altered by logging and i did not hear one Red-breasted Nuthatch; lots of Orange-Crowns but still a bit early for MacGillivray’s or Hermit Warblers.

Saturday/Sunday was the first green doughnut of the season.  I went out to Sauvie Island on Sunday morning and i have never seen so many butter-butts; there were thousands of them.  As one woman said when i facetiously asked her if she’d seen any Yellow-rumps today, “Good Lord! I’ve never seen so many!”  And there was a smattering, but decent representation of Organe-crowns and Black-throated Grays as well.  Golden-crowned Sparrows are thinning out, the Purple Martins are back as well as the House Wrens.  Some sneaky Starling tried to trick me into thinking the Western Wood Pewees were back as well, but fool me once ……

Last night, Sunday/Monday, the radar only picks up around midnight; not sure what that’s about but we can see a decent flight for a bit.

A reported influx of Hammond’s and Pacific Slope Flycatchers hit the Metro area this weekend. Nashville Warblers and Cassin’s Vireos also showed up on the listservs.

11 April 2017 – PNW Migration Update

It took a while for the conditions to clear but around 3:30 AM the feathers were flying; even some bands of 20 dBZ or better.

Lots more Orange-crowned and Black-throated Gray Warblers and a first Western Flycatcher.

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.