07 May 2018 – PNW Migration Update

Tri-county: Orange-crowned and Wilson’s Warblers, Western Tanagers and Black-headed Grosbeaks are in abundance.  At lower densities Hammond’s and Pacific-slope Flycatchers.

In the metro area we are still waiting on Western Wood Pewee, Lazuli Bunting, Bullock’s Oriole and Swainson’s Thrush. And of course the last to the party; Willow Flycatcher.

It’s a really cool radar loop today.  There is a BIG push up the Willamette Valley settling in the Metro/Tri-county area.  Maybe the wait will be over for the previously mentioned migrants.  I’ll have to wait on the reports from those with more time and resources, but i wouldn’t be surprised if that push brings new faces into the region.

And …. it looks like you’re going to have to go HERE to play the loop.  I knew this was going to happen soon; i’ve run out of disk space.  I will have to put together “birds over portland – 3”.  That will take some time, so, the next few posts will be narratives.  Crap!

 

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25 April 2018 – PNW Migration Update

Lot’s of activity last night.

Western Tanager, Warbling Vireo, Black-headed Grosbeak, Vaux’s Swift and Lazuli Bunting;  all being reported.  Some in increasing numbers, some vanguards.

23 April 2018 – PNW Migration Update

House Wrens, Western Tanagers, Brown-headed Cowbirds, American Biterns, scads of shorebirds (usual migrants), more Nashville and Black-throated Gray Warblers, Gray Flycatchers (east side).  It get to be hard to catch up, oh and another Hermit/Swainson’s Thrush debate.

Pretty decent movement last night.  Again, not “Green Doughnut” great but widespread at 20 dBZ+.

05 April 2018 – PNW Migration Update

Caspian Terns have made it to Astoria, Black-throated Gray and Yellow Warblers , Vaux’s Swifts to Eugene, Western Tanagers to Bandon and Black-necked Stilts at Basket Slough.  Game on folks!

I had Dunlins in alternate plumage and a Cinnamon Teal yesterday on the sump i bird every weekday.

Last night’s radar is a bit of a mess but early on you can make out movement that reaches the 20 dBZ level in patches.

15 May 2017 – PNW Migration Update

The RTX radar is on the fritz again

Message Date:  May 13 2017 23:26:26

KRTX will remain out of service until further notice due to failure of a critica
l component.

So, i grabbed the Gray’s Harbor (LGX) loop from last night.  Migrants are still on the move and staying out in front of the rain squalls.

Still no Willow Warblers in the northern Willamette Valley.  But the Bullock’s Orioles’ main contingent has arrived as well as the Yellow Warblers, Western Tanagers and Black-headed Grosbeaks.

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.

24 April 2017 – PNW Migration Update

Personally, i am really tired of: 1) being time constrained due to obligations during the work week and 2) RAIN.

I only have one static image from Friday/Saturday, when it wasn’t raining for most of the night, that shows a really nice flight up the Pacific Flyway.

But birds are finding a way to push north.  Lots of new arrivals: American White Pelican, Black-headed Grosbeak, Warbling and Cassin’s Vireo, Wilson, Yellow, Hermit and Nashville Warblers, all expected Empids, Western Tanager, Vaux’s Swift, Cinnamon Teal, Sora, American Bittern, Bullock’s Oriole, Western Kingbird and in San Diego Lazuli Bunting.

A lot of these birds are slightly ahead of schedule