As summer gives way to fall, birds increasingly feel the call to warmer climates. From late August through September is a time of great activity. Swallows begin flocking in large numbers in July, and warblers, vireos, thrushes, and other species arrive again from further north to fuel up for the long journey south.
Scan the thickets spilling down the ravine for Fox Sparrows and the taller trees for Blue-headed Vireos and other passerines. Birds usually sing less once the breeding season is over, becoming quite silent except for various chirps or “chip notes.
This is also the time when fruit such as Riverbank Grapes, crabapples, plums, and elderberries are ripe for the eating. Flocks of birds often arrive specifically to fuel up for their migration south.
Take a seat at one of our new benches at the Amphibian Pond and at the Ravine area near the Resource Centre to watch the feeding flocks. Many Mallards and Wood Ducks and the occasional Canada Goose with take a brief rest in the pond before fly south.