Like September before it, October’s weather was largely glorious and stable, continuing to make up (in some small way) for the brutal conditions of the past summer. We received the first hard frosts, including multiple nights in a row of hard freezes. It was also an extraordinarily busy month for us, with a wedding anniversary, major CSA event, family visit, garlic planting, irrigation removal, and more, keeping us from observing and enjoying the outdoors on the farm in this wonderful month as much as we’d like. Early November continues this trend, so we haven’t put together a photo collection or more detailed observations this time, just a reasonably complete bird list.
RECORDED IN OCTOBER (37 species, 11 new, 29
unobserved since September)
This is the month we transition toward a stable winter bird population, with most migrants either already gone or on their way out (compare the 37 species this month to 55 in September). A few winter residents arrive from further north, such as Juncos and Flickers, which will be regulars until spring. As always, a few unusual ones happen to be spotted passing through, like Hermit Thrushes and Starlings.
Great Blue Heron
Turkey Vulture (these move south for winter, and were gone by mid-month)
Cooper’s Hawk (though seen again in early November)
Great Horned Owl
Northern Flicker (becoming quite common and vocal as they return from the north)
Eastern Bluebird (very common and vocal)
American Robin (large flocks passing overhead & through woods)
Black-throated Green Warbler
Dark-eyed Junco (abundant and energetic)
American Woodcock (seen once in pasture)
Hermit Thrush (three seen once in woods)