Tuesday, October 13, 2009

The Birds and the Trees

Acorns are littering the ground underneath the bur oak trees...
Aspen trees are yellowing and leaves are blowing off during windier moments.

This morning was a bird-heavy morning. I saw grebes in the lake, disappearing and reappearing in new spots; mallards dabbling, geese flying south, and a heron stalking some prey. RWBBs were also very active, dipping and diving as my students disturbed them. Also saw goldfinches and some other LBBs, plus a chickadee. Oh, and gulls. In less than an hour, and I wasn't looking for birds. So it's a bird-heavy day.

Other notes:
  • milkweed pods are splitting open and spilling their seeds.
  • Very few purple asters are left -- just a few New England's remain. A lot of white ones are still flowering, though.
  • Goldenrod are also going to seed.
  • Grasshoppers are sluggish but coming out this morning...


  1. I just love Aspen trees. Unfortunately, we need to drive for 2 hours to see them. Thank you for sharing yours.

  2. Beautiful! I love the acorns..gorgeous!