08 august 2016 – PNW Migration Update

Minimal movement last night in the Metro Area.  The onshore flow might have been a deterrent.  There was a nice flight across the Strait again so birds are on the move – just not widespread yet.

One extreme migration event took place in the Nashville area last night where the returns were pushing 35 dBZ!

I did see the first Green-winged Teal of the season this weekend.  The males are still in eclipse plumage so this is an early group.

05 August 2016 – PNW Migration Update

Well now, things are picking up. We’re getting some solid flights that i would categorize as moderate.  Plenty of green (around 20dBz) but not widespread.  Lots of movement on the perimeter of the Puget Sound, a nice wave of migrants across the Strait, and the west flanks of the Cascades.

The local breeders have dispersed and territorial songs have subsided.  Kind of the dog days so it will be good to see if i can kick up some early arrivals this weekend up in the Cascades.

08 April 2016 – PNW Migration Update

Unfavorable but light winds did not deter migrating birds.  Most of the action was up in the Seattle area with a very strong flight across the Strait of Juan de Fuca.  Also, a significant movement along the coast.

Sora, Chipping Sparrow, Black-headed Grosbeak and Western Wood Pewee have now been reported in the northern Willamette Valley.