Birding Notes for October

The month to be out in Autumn.  Migration is at its peak, with American redstarts appearing routinely.  Other warblers seen include worm-eating, prairie, and black-throated blue.  Swainson’s thrushes come in as well, and Northern harriers might be observed hunting.  Later weeks have Winter species such as yellow-rumped warbler, palm warbler, and swamp sparrow as a common sight.  Wild turkeys go on a search for fallen acorns.

*Sheila Willis is a Native American Naturalist who grew up around the Okefenokee Swamp and is currently writing a Birding Guide to the Greater Okefenokee Area.   Sheila was kind enough to share her Birding Calendar with us.

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