17 May 2016 – PNW Migration Update

Well, the Willow Flycatcher is now being reported across the Metro area.  Just getting back i have not checked the listserves but i think all of the neotropical migrants have arrived.  Common Nighthawk being the exception; it has not yet been reported in Oregon.  They have been spotted in isolated sightings in California a few times.

Last night, in spite of a mild head wind, migration through the Metro area was on the heavy side — not so much along the coast.  The winds might have been a bit more intense.

11 May 2016 – PNW Migration Update

Short post — heavy migration throughout the region last night.  Still waiting for Willow Flycatcher.

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.