As fall migration comes to a close and most of our summer visitors have departed, we see the arrival of our wintering friends: Sedge Wrens, Cedar Waxwings, White-throated Sparrows, Dark-eyed Juncos, and Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers.
Sparrows, towhees and juncos love millet in a ground feeder.
The American Goldfinches from the northern states begin migration with many coming to our area for the winter.
Waterfowl migration continues to build; lots of geese can be seen passing over at the end of the month.
Look for scarce Rufous Hummingbirds to arrive throughout the state.
Other Bird Activity
Bald Eagle nest building and maintenance begins.
Great Horned Owl males begin hooting in nesting territory.
This is the month to install and repair nest boxes for use next year. Many birds will use the boxes for roosting in the winter.
Other Flora and Fauna
Monarch migration reaches its peak late in month, sometimes in uncountable numbers.
Woodchucks feeding like crazy in preparation for hibernation
Beaver very active in evenings while caching a winter supply of food
Autumn brings the beauty of the Scarlet Fire Thorn.