October Nature Happenings
- 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
- 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.
- 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