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