19 March 2018 – PNW Migration Update

There is continued light movement up the valley. Probably waterfowl re-positioning.

There has been really nothing to report in the new arrivals, but on the “it’s just around the corner” front:

Increasing: Rufous Hummingbirds, Turkey Vultures and Ospreys, Tree and Violet-green Swallows.

Bushtit flocks are breaking up and singlets and doubles are now being seen.

Ruby-crowned Kinglets can now be heard singing.  This is a special time as they will soon be gone and their’s is one of the most glorious songs.

Waterfowl numbers are shrinking as well.

We’ll save some disk space and not post a radar loop today — it’s just sub 10 dBZ blue.

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07 March 2018 – PNW Migration Update

Well here we are again!

So, vanguard Turkey Vultures and Ospreys have been reported in the valley.

Rufus Hummingbirds along the south coast in Coos County.

Tree and Violet Green Swallows are just showing up throughout the area.

Robins are singing pre-dawn and Starlings are foreshadowing the arrival of Western Wood Pewees by imitating them.

Down in Anza-Borrego, “The Borrego Valley Hawkwatch has begun. So far over 150 Swainson’s Hawks have migrated through the region”

And this morning i heard Greater White-fronted Geese headed north overhead.

01 May 2017 – PNW Migration Update

And then there were birds!

Big weekend for the Pacific Flyway.  I have the Friday/Saturday loop, but left in on another computer; it looks pretty much like today’s Sunday/Monday loop.  Saturday/Sunday was muted by weather.

More arrivals: Western Kingbird, Western Tanager, Lazuli Bunting, Black-headed and Evening Grosbeak,  Bullock’s Oriole, Sora, Empids, Wilson’s and Nashville Warbler, and Cassin’s and Warbling Vireo.  All five Swallows have now been reported as well as Vaux’s Swift. Big numbers of the early migrants as well, House Wren, Yellow-rumped and Orange-crowned Warblers.  Pelicans and Purple Martins are more widely reported on Sauvie Island.

Many birds are already on, or building, nests and even some fledglings are being seen.  I even saw a Green-winged Teal male transitioning to eclipse plumage this weekend.

I haven’t seen or heard a Ruby-crowned Kinglet in a while; Golden-crowned Sparrow numbers are down, Migrant Fox and Lincoln’s Sparrows are pretty much off the radar.  Water Fowl numbers are dropping as well.

Let’s see, what’s left?  From memory (so don’t hold me to this) Swainson’s Thrush,  Yellow Warbler, Western Wood Pewee, Red-eyed Vireo (rare but annual nesting resident) Willow Flycatcher and ……?

I really should change the title of these posts.  The Pacific Northwest is a big place and i don’t keep tabs of much outside of the Portland/Vancouver Basin and the Willamette Valley.  So, for example, when the Puffins return to the coast, i’ll miss it by a couple of weeks to a month, they’re back, but i’m not sure of when they arrived.

30 March 2017 – PNW Migration Update

We can see a few birds on the move darting and weaving between rain cells last night.  At least it’s something!

New arrivals being reported: Vaux’s Swifts, Common Yellowthroat, and now all five swallows.

27 March 2017 – PNW Migration Update

This is way past getting old so lets not discuss it.

Black-headed Grosbeaks in San Diego, Ospreys, Rufus Hummingbirds, and most Swallows are firmly established in the Metro Region.

Elsewhere at the national level we can see the SE and Gulf Coast hopping.  A few storms to dodge here and there but plenty of open air.  Thanks Paul!

 

Update:  27m27 minutes ago

We haven’t had 2 consecutive dry days at PDX since Feb 12-13. 3 consecutive days? Go back to Jan 12-16 with snow on the ground and highs <32

14m14 minutes ago

After the wettest Feb on record, PDX is knocking on the door of another record in March. Record: 7.89″. Current: 7.00″

20 March 2017 – PNW Migration Update

A very rainy weekend — again.  It cleared up late Saturday night but too late for any birds of significant numbers to move north.

But, last night was clear and there was an accommodating south wind so the birds were on the move.  We’re still at the beginning of the migration so we are not getting “green doughnuts” but we do have some 20+ dBZ returns.

In the Central Valley more Western Kingbirds are being reported as well as Common Yellowthroats.  In the Portland area Violet-green Swallows, Rufus Hummingbirds, Osprey and an increasing number of shorebirds.  I observed over sixty Greater Yellowlegs, a few L.B. Dowitchers and a large flock of peeps (unidentified) on the wing this weekend.

The Central and Mississippi Flyways were also pretty active last night.  National Composite Radar is included thanks to Paul

13 March 2017 – PNW Migration Update

As suspected (but not verified because of the terrible weather recently) migration is in full tilt.  Mostly, waterfowl are on the move it seems.  I’m not seeing any reports of widespread passerine movement.  There has been reports of Violet-green Swallows and a few reports of vanguard Osprey.  Last night’s movement was aided by a SE wind.