09 October 2017 – PNW Migration Update

RTX is back on line … for now:

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Message Date: Oct 07 2017 02:56:19

Dopper Radar KRTX, serving SW Washington and NW Oregon was returned to service s
everal hours ago. So far, so good.

It was a spectacular flight last night!  Solid returns across the region.  Highlight was the coastal flight returns.  We don’t get to see these often and are the result of high flying migrants.

I didn’t get into the field much this weekend, just a walk down Rentenaar Rd on Sauvie Island, so i don’t have any ground reports of note.  Hunting season starts next weekend on ODFW Wildlife Management Areas – Saturday 14 October.  There’s not much water in the seasonal units like Rentenaar, Mudhen and Dead Willow.  Except for flyover Cackling Geese i didn’t see a single duck.



19 September 2016 – PNW Migration Update

Well, after a pretty miserable few days it looks like the current system weakened a bit last night.  We still had onshore crosswinds but the birds were on the move in the metro area last night.  It didn’t sustain heavily through the whole night and again the east counties had most of the action.

Quite a few more ducks are being reported.  The Sandhill  Crane numbers have dramatically increased on Sauvie Island.  I’ve been quite busy so i wasn’t paying attention to the listserves last week.  I only got out into the field once this weekend and it was pouring rain, so it was a short trip.  But there were quite a few Swainson’s Thrushes moving just before dawn.

23 August 2016 – PNW Migration Update

West flanks of the Cascades had another nice flight last night.  Additionally the Metro area had moderate movement as well.  Probably Ridgefield, Sauvie Island, and the Vancouver-Smith-Bybee lake complex.

04 March 2016 – PNW Migration Update

A very interesting night.  We had some decent southerly winds aloft and only isolated cells of disturbance.

There was widespread low level migration across the region.  There were also two interesting heavy returns past the 20 dBZ level.  The first arising from the Sauvie Island/Ridgefield area.  OK, those are waterfowl.

But the second is that same odd return originating from Linn and Marion Counties east of I5 and heading straight for Mt. Hood.  We saw this earlier this season.  I pulled up the HC loop and we can see a DS (Dry Snow) return with the same time stamp and trajectory.  So i am really not sure what is going on here.

Anyway, nice to have some clear air and see our feathered friends heading north.  First Ospreys are being reported in the metro region.

Speaking of friends,  David Irons just started a blog which you can find HERE.  David is one of the best birders on the planet and i am looking forward to seeing what he does with this.  And David, if you come across this post — get an RSS link so i can get your posts to show up in my reader; much easier for me to follow along without having to check in every now and then.

Here is today’s gallery: