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.
Light to moderate migration last night. The high pressure ridge we were watching at the end of last week moved north instead of inland. That kept the winds out of the north. Birds are moving through just not at peak densities.
Looks like it was a good weekend to be looking for shorebirds on the north coast – if timed right. Take a look at what my friend Bob scrounged up HERE>
I haven’t caught up with the listserves but Western Tanager, Cassin Vireo, Yellow-breasted Chat and Lazuli Bunting are in. And this morning i heard the flight calls of Swainson’s Thrush overhead; at least a half a dozen.
Nationally birds were dodging some heavy weather but in the breaks and clear air heavy migration was taking place.