[Tweeters] Migration?

Steve Hampton stevechampton at gmail.com
Thu May 13 21:49:35 PDT 2021

I've heard the same thing from my friends in northern California-- few

That said, here in Port Townsend, quite a few Warbling Vireos, Black-headed
Grosbeaks, Pac-slope Flycatchers, and Wilson's, Orange-cr, and Yellow
Warblers, and even a few Olive-sided Flycatchers, seem to already be on
territory, singing from the same spots every morning for over a week.

So I've seen a ton of "migrants", but I think most of these are local
breeders. Among obvious migrants (that don't nest here), celata
Orange-crowns are moving thru in decent numbers. Myrtles had an enormous
push the last few weeks and have since thinned out. Other than those, I
guess I haven't seen that many migrants.

Spring migration can be very quick and direct, especially in clear weather.
I wonder to what extent birds are spending very little time at stopovers
and heading straight to their breeding spots.

On Thu, May 13, 2021 at 9:26 PM Michael Hobbs <birdmarymoor at gmail.com>

> This week at Marymoor we finally had decent numbers for some of the

> neotropical migrants. But we've had no empids and no pewee yet. Vaux's

> Swift numbers have been very low. Swallow numbers have been low.


> Sunday, I did the Toppenish sector of the Yakima Migration Count and had

> pitifully few warblers and sparrows.


> My sense is that neotropical migrants are below 50% of normal, but we'll

> have hard data within a few weeks to answer these questions for real.


> - Michael



> On Thu, May 13, 2021, 9:07 PM BRAD Liljequist <bradliljequist at msn.com>

> wrote:


>> Alan Grenon mentioned this last week - but I am really feeling the dearth

>> of birds right now - sort of feel like there's been almost no migration.

>> But, maybe the nice weather has kept birds high over the City, flying at

>> night, etc.?


>> Migration so far this year:


>> - A couple of Western Tanagers, heard not seen, Phinney Ridge

>> - This morning, a very welcome Wilson's Warbler at our Phinney Ridge

>> bird bath.

>> - Last weekend on Obstruction Island, a few Orange Crowned and 3-4

>> Townsend's Warblers.


>> That's it. I really keep my ears open this time of year, windows rolled

>> down, etc.. I'm just not seeing or hearing it.


>> Any thoughts or reactions?


>> Brad Liljequist

>> Phinney Ridge

>> Seattle, WA

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Steve Hampton
Port Townsend, WA
*Qatay, S'Klallam territory*
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