The Pacific Flyway continues to have very light migration, it is just a trickle down the Central Flyway, the Mississippi Flyway had some serious weather, but the Atlantic Flyway is still rocking.
I’m still not seeing the duck numbers i expect but the Cackling Geese have DEFINITELY arrived. I saw 2 to 3 thousand of them yesterday in the rural fields of Clackamas County.
But the number of migrants wanes:
First clear night since the last update and it was, as expected, a moderate event. We still see good movement on the western flanks of the Cascades and a nice pulse mid-valley probably associated with duck and goose movement between the NWR’s.
I’m not seeing much except coastal movements on the listserves. I got out into the field a little this weekend; found a large flock of Pine Siskins, and had about 30 gulls around the Willamette Falls area – one Western, one Herring, and 28 Olympic, no Icelandic and no pure(ish) Glaucous-winged.
The slowing of migration continues. In fact it is barely noticeable in the Portland area. So we’ll take a look at the ATX (Seattle) radar where the migration returns are more pronounced, especially across the Strait.
Another low density night. Two in a row signals the waning of the season. There’s still plenty of ducks to show up but they might just trickle in.
A weather system is headed in from the Gulf of Alaska. Adventurous birders could scour the coast for oddball Asian vagrants. Not my cup of tea but, just saying…
MIA end of last week because the rain obscured any migrant returns, if any.
Last night we begin to see the waning of the season. Fairly light across the Metro Region. Most decent returns are along the western flanks of the Cascades.
Ducks are coming out of eclipse plumage. Ruby-crowned Kinglet numbers are up as are the wintering sparrow numbers. Pine Siskins are invading coastal counties. And a first report of a Rough-legged Hawk, also on the coast.
The Snow Geese are back on Sauvie Island.
RTX is on line but it is still a bit wonky
There was a dramatic drop off in migration last night. It could be the winds out of the SE but i don’t think so. Maybe just pulse beat in wave movement.