Nature Happenings

  • Witch Hazel and bush clover blooms.
  • Wood Thrush, Hooded Mergansers, Gray Catbird, swallows and Chipping Sparrows depart.
  • Watch for migrating hawks and Turkey Vultures.
  • Juncos and White-throated Sparrows become common at feeders.
  • Blackbird flocks number in the thousands as grackles, cowbirds and redwings migrate.
  • Milkweed pods burst open, spreading their fluffy seeded parachutes.
  • Autumn colors peak mid-month.
  • Chipmunks start hibernating in underground burrows.
  • American Tree Sparrows return to feeders late this month.
  • Most Wood Ducks migrate south this month. A few stay to over winter.
  • Waterfowl migration peaks during October.
  • Beavers are very active in the evenings while caching a winter supply of food.
  • American Goldfinches can be seen feeding on catkins of birch trees.
  • Orionids meteor shower is late-October.

October 13th - Full Moon

October 28th - New Moon