Clear Skies and Migrating Birds(?)

Biorka Island radar showing probable migrating birds on 19 March 2015.
Biorka Island radar showing probable migrating birds on 19 March 2015.

The forecast was for mostly sunny skies this afternoon, but by the time I looked outside this morning, it was already pretty clear out. I had some work to do on a consulting project that kept me inside for the morning. This afternoon I spent some time out checking on some plants (it appears the Astragalus and Oxytropis I brought from the probably-now-flooded Blue Lake Creek gravel bars have survived the winter and are sending out new growth) and laying in the sun.

We’re not really out of the woods yet in terms of cold weather and/or snow, but today was certainly a taste of spring weather (which astronomically doesn’t start until tomorrow).

The herring fishery has started. It’s running as a co-op this year, so none of the craziness that often accompanies the fishery. I haven’t heard of any spawning occurring yet, but it’s sure to start soon.

I was a little surprised to see how strong a signal of apparently migrating there was on the radar. It seems a little early for such a strong movement, but it has been warm this year. Unfortunately, my scripts for automatically archiving the radar images have been non-functional for a while (now I’m freshly motivated to try and get them running again), so I can’t go back and look (unless there’s an on-line archive somewhere) to see if there has been early evidence of migration. Unlike later season migration, there’s a lot more movement further offshore than I usually see (if I’m remembering correctly).

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