October Nature Happenings
- 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.