The radar was obscured by the weather last night. We could make out very low level movement between the cells but nothing to write about. I did hear a number of Swainson’s Thrush nocturnal flight calls the past couple of nights.
Up north in BC at the Tatlayoko banding station the first Fox and Golden-crowned Sparrows were banded and a flock of Greater White-fronted Geese were seen.
As DavidLaPuma would say, “look busy … birds are coming!”
Moderate to heavy migration took place all weekend. New arrivals were everywhere out in the field. I still haven’t seen any reports for Western Wood Pewee or Willow Flycatcher. Good numbers of Swainson’s Thrush were out and tonight, in a clear, full moon sky, i heard about a half a dozen nocturnal flight calls in the two minutes i spent listening.
The Atlantic Flyway finally got some love last night. For a full report head over to Tom’s recap.
Winds are shifting to out of the north and there are cells of showers moving through the area. No surprise that the migration last night was moderate at best.
A Swainson’s Thrush was reportedly heard in the area and a Western Tanager was seen in the Corvallis area. Below the gallery is an update list of the migrant watch. We are down to six species and two of those (Gray Flycatcher and Red-eyed Vireo) are not detected every year. The Red-eyed Vireo has set up a breeding range locally around the mouth of the Sandy River so it will eventually be reported.
Update: an Olive-sided Flycatcher was reported 4/27.