In Northern Wisconsin, the days are getting shorter, the nights cooler and the leaves are beginning to set the woods a blaze with color. It is my favorite time of year – not just because of the change in season that you see in the landscape of our area but also because the bustle of activity in the woods now that fall has arrived. Just as people say, you can predict a cold winter or a storm coming by the things that the animals and birds in our zoos and backyards do, same is true for me with the signs of fall’s arrival.
Outside of my window at work this week, I have loaded my three tube birdfeeders and two squirrel-proof birdfeeders twice in 5-days. I have had tons of finches, chickadees, and nuthatches just gorging themselves on the black oil sunflower seeds all day long. Yesterday, I saw the arrival of a Blue Jay. At home, my dog, Jager is eagerly chasing the squirrels that are stealing from our feeders and packing away for winter. The duck and geese are beginning to streak the skies heading south for the winter. The deer are seen more at the trees edges, foraging for the greener grass and foliage. All of these are signs to me that my favorite season is taking form.
One of my favorite experiences that I see unfold every year outside my office window, here at Drs. Foster & Smith, is the flock of Cedar Waxwings stopover on their way to warmer climates. Once the leaves have completely fallen from the 4 berry trees outside my office, I can expect them. The trees are bare except for thousands of berries. If they pass by over a weekend, I miss them. But if they stopover during the work week, I get to enjoy the sight of hundreds of Waxwings devouring every last berry. Within 2-3 days, all of the berries are eaten and my visitors are gone just as fast as they appeared. It is an incredible sight.
What is happening in your backyard this fall? Take the time to notice and please share with all of us about the species that stopover.
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