10 May 2016 – PNW Migration Update

Winds eased up a bit and shifted to a NNE direction, pushing coastal migrants offshore a bit.  And with that migration picked up as well.

Still waiting to hear of Willow Flycatcher arrivals.  There’s been one report for the metro area — closest other Oregon report is one from Skinner Butte in Eugene. I find this type of dispersion, well, curious.  The next closest report is way the hell down in Bakersfield at the south end of the Central Valley.  Their average arrival date is 13 May, so maybe they are running a bit late this year?  HERE is the 2016 distribution map.

Western Wood Pewees have been around for a couple of days.

11 April 2016 – PNW Migration Update

Since i take the weekends off from this project i’m not sure what the birds were up to Friday and Saturday night.

But i do know what they were doing in the field.  Duck numbers are down, Snow Geese are gone but there are plenty of Cacklers still around.  A few more shorebirds are around.  The snipe are winnowing, Sooty Grouse are booming and a few cranes are practicing their mating dance.  Common Yellowthoats are firmly entrenched. Chipping Sparrows are dotting the landscape.  And northbound Blue-winged Teal are popping up in their usual low density numbers but to the delight of those who happen upon this strikingly beautiful bird.

On the listserves; MacGillivray’s Warbler, Black-headed Grosbeak, and Western Tanager have made it to the Willamette Valley.

Outliers of Hammond’s Flycatcher, Swainson’s Thrush and Western Wood Pewee have been reported as well.  Treat those as you will.

Last night we had light to moderate migration across the region so i am going to conserve cloud space and only put in the RTX loop today.  LGX and ATX both had approximately the same density.

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.