October Nature Happenings

 

Snow Geese by Carol Coleman

  • Bald Eagles and Rough-legged Hawks begin arriving mid-month.

 

  • Turkey Vultures, Ospreys and Violet-green and Barn Swallows depart.

 

  • Snow Geese, Canvasback Ducks and Dunlins arrive.

 

  • Little Brown Bat in hibernaculum for winter

 

Anna's Hummingbird by Patsy Pollak

  • Clean out and repair nest boxes; put up roosting boxes.

 

 

  • Fall storms push juncos to lower elevation feeding stations - put out millet.

 

  • Anna's Hummingbirds increase at feeders through the western lowlands of Oregon, Washington and southern BC.

 

  • Snow Geese arrive in Fraser Valley and Skagit Flats.

 

Varied Thrush by Philip Knight

  • The last Rufous Hummingbirds leave for the winter.

 

 

  • Evening Grosbeak flocks become common at oil sunflower seed feeders.

 

 

  • Varied Thrush begin to be seen in yards more often.

 

 

  • Some Clark's Nutcrackers move down in elevation and become more common around bird feeders.

 

  • Waterfowl migration peaks.

 

  • Orionids meteor shower is late-October.

 

Varied Thrush photo on homepage by Monica Fitzpatrick

Snow Goose photo by Carol Coleman; Anna's Hummingbird photo by Patsy Pollak; Varied Thrush photo by Philip Knight