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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17 April 2018 – PNW Migration Update

OK, there is just too much to get through, and i’ve been off grid for only four days.

I’m probably going to miss something; in the Metro area new arrivals are:

Wilson’s Warbler, Cassin’s Vireo and Hammond’s Flycatcher.

In Oregon; Western Kingbirds, Black-headed Grosbeak, House Wren and Bullock’s Oriole.

Not much to see on last night’s radar, and i am behind in other areas, so that’s it for today.

06 April 2018 – PNW Migration Update

Common Yellowthroat, MacGillivray’s Warbler and more Bullock’s Orioles in the San Diego area.

Cassin’s Vireos and Wilson’s Warblers have made it to Oregon.

Lots of rain in last night’s radar and not much detectable movement, so we’ll check in on the National migration. (Remember you can always go to Paul’s site to get the loop)

The heavy weather system has moved on and birds are moving through the Ohio Valley and up the Central Flyway.

04 April 2018 – PNW Migration Update

Purple Martin have made it to the Metro Area.  As well some shorebird movement with Black-bellied Plovers and Lesser Yellowlegs being reported.

Black-headed Grosbeak, Wilson’s and Nashville Warblers now being reported in San Diego area — they’re on their way!

Messy radar images from last night due to cloud cover and patches of rain, so we’ll check in on the National Scene.

A large storm system from Texas to New England restricted migration to the SE much like the last time we checked in on the 27th.  Note the lift off from Cuba as birds cross the Straits to the Keys.

20 March 2018 – PNW Migration Update

I’m not picking up any information of new arrivals in the Metro Area.

Birds are on the move, but at low levels.  I continue to believe this is waterfowl movement.

South of us in Encinitas Wilson’s Warbler and Black-headed Grosbeak have been reported.

Here is last night’s radar:

08 May 2017 – PNW Migration Update

RTX is back on line!  Whew; that can take over a week sometimes.  Came back on line late Friday.

Migration is entering it’s peak phase.  Most, but not all vanguards have arrived and are being followed by the trailing hoards.

Wilson’s Warblers were over the top conspicuous when i was in the field Saturday.  A few more reports of Swainson’s Thrush and i definitely heard my first Western Wood Pewee on Sunday and a handful of other reports are up on eBird.  Lazuli Buntings are filling in.  Bullock’s Orioles have made it to the Seattle area. No sign of Willow Flycatchers yet.

The Atlantic Flyway was the only flyway that was underwhelming in regard to it’s capacity.  The rest look to be at full tilt.

I threw in the Seattle (ATX) loop today for good measure:

21 April 2017 – PNW Migration Update

Well, a relatively clear night with light winds out of the south and you would expect a surge of migrant activity.  But it was really rather muted.  We did get a smattering of 20+ dBZ returns; i just expected a much deeper and widespread response.

Arrivals, or increased reporting: Vaux’s Swifts and Wilson Warblers.

Two notes — another well organized low is headed our way (read, more rain) and there was a pretty interesting flight path down the Columbia and out to the coast that can be seen in last night’s loop; i don’t recall seeing that before.