13 Apr 2015 — PNW Migration Update

Excellent conditions – clear skies and a bit of a tail wind – lots of birds moving up the Pacific Flyway.

Bank Swallows and Yellow-breasted Chats have made it into the San Diego Area.  Tanagers are up into the Central Valley.  And Hermit Warblers are moving through the Coast Range here in Oregon.

Mike Patterson, who writes the North Coast Diaries blog, has a great piece on phenolongical variation across Oregon’s differing ecoregions.  It’s here  — highly recommended.

It was another night where the large scale impact of weather on migration is clearly on display.  So i threw in a National Radar Composite and a map of the winds at 850 mb heights (roughly 1500 meters).

For commentary on the migration through New England check out Tom Auer’s Blog.  Also, today he has some information on a new radar product coming out of NOAA.  It’s a product they are calling “Bioscatter“.  My guess it is the same algorithm, or a clone, that derives the Hydrometeor Classification images found at the College of DuPage’s weather site, and that i highlight here at times when separating birds from rain.  I have added it to the sidebar under the Weather section.  You’ll have to figure out how to access it by navigating their product menu.

10 Apr 2015 — PNW Migration Update

It was a Pacific Flyway party last night.  Heavy migration from San Diego to Seattle.  Birds definitely took advantage of the south winds associated with the leading edge of the incoming cold front.

I threw in a snapshot of the National Composite radar today for another look at the interaction of weather and migration.  With a big storm front draped across the central part of the country it is easy to see migration out in front of it and nothing immediately behind it.

A few more Purple Martin reports in the Portland area but that’s about it.  The big push is just around the corner as the Central Valley is loaded with migrants.

09 Apr 2015 — PNW Migration Update

With a bit of a break in the weather we had a significant, but not out of the park, level of movement last night.  So, check out today’s captured radar loop for a peak at the action.

Western Tanagers are now in the pipeline — somewhere along the Pacific Flyway, but i forget right now where i read that.  Update: Hermit Warbler in Astoria and Warbling Vireo in Portland.

Oh well, everything is a tad early this year and especially the Wildflower bloom.  If you’re into that sort of thing you better get out there quickly. And here is a great article to get you started (in Oregon at least).

08 Apr 2015 — PNW Migration Update

There was a moderate amount of movement last night.  Birds were picking out opportunities between the rain cells.

Only listserve chatter of note comes from San Diego where Chipping Sparrows, Nashville, Yellow and Wilson’s Warblers, Yellow-breasted Chat, and Hammond’s and Western Flycatchers were reported.

Paul has his archive back on line after a few days of being down.  I’ve included a static shot of the action along the Mississippi Gulf coast line.  Looks like the neotrops are pushing their way north in good numbers.  Check out the full loop here


07 Apr 2015 — PNW Migration Update

An unstable set of atmospheric conditions continues to keep migration light and opportunistic.  We’ll save space and pass on the radar image today.

The Warbling Vireos have made it to the Portland Area, and a couple more reports of Black-throated Gray Warblers.  That’s about it.

Update: Badbirdz is back up and reporting on the Migration in Florida.

06 Apr 2015 — PNW Migration Update

Not much to see on the radar last night.

The Central Valley is reporting Warbling Vireos, Black-chinned and Calliope Hummingbirds, Wilson’s Warblers and more Black-headed Grosbeaks.

Here in Oregon the first Cassin’s Vireo, Vaux’s Swift, House Wren and Calliope Hummingbird have been noted.

03 April 2015 — PNW Migration Update

A little break in the weather.  Rains subsided and the wind died down.  Conditions look a bit dicey for the next couple of days at least.

Even so, with the respite last night we had a moderate flight last night.  There are still a lot of waterfowl in the area that need to scoot their cloacas north and i suspect the bulk of the radar returns are from them.

New reports: Swainson’s Hawks are showing up on the east side of the Cascades, an influx of Brown-headed Cowbirds and a Yellow Warbler in the Willamette Valley.

Other than that it’s a lot of infill of the early migrants.

02 Apr 2015 — PNW Migration Update

Scattered rain cells and the north winds on the back edge of this trough kept migration to a bare minimum last night.

Vanguard Black-bellied Plovers have made it to the Portland area.  Scattered Black-throated Gray Warbler reports are popping up.  Not much else.

The Central and Mississippi Flyways had the most action last night.  Probably the heaviest they’ve seen this year.  In the gallery is a snap shot but be sure to head on over to Paul’s archive and catch the whole loop.


01 Apr 2015 — PNW Migration Update

Only the slightest sign of movement last night.  Dodging rain cells and fighting cross winds gets old.  There are better opportunities ahead.

San Diego area reports the first Gray Flycatcher, more Black-headed Grosbeaks and Orioles.

Central Valley shorebirds are increasing with the arrival of Black-bellied Plovers.

Willamette Valley has reported all of the swallows with the exception of Bank Swallows.  More Common Yellowthroats as well.

31 Mar 2015 — PNW Migration Update

To save server space — no radar loop today.

The birds did move north ahead of the current system but put down upon the arrival of the rain.

Arrivals of note:

Yellow Warbler in the Central Valley and Tufted Puffins on the Oregon coast.  Shorebirds are on the move — Lesser Yellowlegs and a Willet reported in the Portland Area.