Season Changes and The Wolves

Migration has been underway for several months. Most of the northern insectivorous birds have passed us by for warmer climates. The majority of our local insect-eating birds have long since departed. Some still linger, like catbird, but they’re on their way out. Granivores like juncos, white-throated sparrows and others will arrive soon. It can’t be long before the butter-butts (yellow-rumped warblers) come in. I heard a yellow-bellied sapsucker the other day. Our winter visiting hooded mergansers should arrive next month.Read more

Fall Again

I was walking past the Wax Myrtle that grows along the edge of the Wetlands and remarked about how the fruit is ripe and ready to be eaten by the warblers, the Yellow-rumped Warblers. I hadn’t seen any yet this year, but about thirty minutes after making my remark about that waxy, myrtle fruit, there it was, my first sighting of a butter butt this season (10/10/13). The fruit of the Swamp Rose is ready for consumption as well, roseRead more

New Bird Species

No, not in the Wild, but in the Butterfly House Conservatory. As you walk down the narrow path, pass through the tropical foliage, and gaze at the many colorful, fluttering butterflies inside the Conservatory, keep an eye out for a group of small brightly colored birds with large bright red bills, Zebra Finches. The birds are native to Australia and Indonesia and are a popular cage species. Obviously granivores (the bill shape) seed has been put out for them nearRead more