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Fall in New England

Sleeping Giant State Park, Hamden, CT                                                                              ©


Quite naturally most people think of the magnificentfall foliage as we enter autumn and I do too.  What does come first to me is the thought of migrating birds. You don't need to travel to see wonderful birds either  They are as close as your own backyard.  Just recently we were in our backyard an hour before sunset.  At this time of year we always make sure to look up since many birds are migrating.  The end of August is the best time for migrating Nighthawks and that is what we were looking for. On some evenings you can see hundreds of them all moving south. Well, on this night we didn't see any Nighthawks but we did see approximately one thousand of American Robins heading due south!

American Robin ©

         I've seen groups of robins in the fall but never so many as on this night.  It was really an awesome sight and one that I will never forget.  Other birds that migrate in large numbers in the fall include blackbirds, swallows and bluejays.  If you come on one of our hawk watches at Lighthouse you may witness the swallow and bluejay flights.  Hearing the raucous call of the jays is definitely a reminder of fall for me!  And if a hawk is on its tail, it really gives a loud squawk!

To learn more about the wonders of migration there is a wonderful book out called "Living on the Wind" by Scott Weidensol that will fill you with wonder at every turn of the page. Now available in soft cover.

To read more about the fall migration and bird walks we have at Lighthouse Point this fall on the next page.



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