Late October is a wonderful season for fall colors in New England, but it's not the prime time to find the widest variety of nature here. Most flowers have finished blooming for the season, most butterflies have ceased flying, other insects in general are past their main period of activity, and some of the birds already have departed for the south. If the weather had turned cold a week ago, we might be struggling to find enough variety to meet our goal. But we've been lucky: the weather is unseasonably warm, so we've found several kinds of butterflies, frogs, and other half-hardy creatures.
|Kimberly spotted this Eastern Newt in a small pond at the Greenwich Audubon Center. Warm weather has kept the amphibians active; we heard Spring Peepers calling at several places.|
Yesterday (as reported in a previous post) we saw a rare Wood Sandpiper and other choice things in Rhode Island, then traveled to southwest Connecticut to visit the Greenwich Audubon Center. We were lucky to stay overnight at the center, so we got out to hike around there this morning before going to a guest appearance on BirdCallsRadio. Later we went on to New Canaan, where we are giving a program at the public library tomorrow. Walking around the trails at the New Canaan Nature Center, we saw several new things for the trip list, including Wood Ducks, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, and White-tailed Deer.
|At the New Canaan Nature Center in Connecticut, we heard the odd catlike yowl of the Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, and tracked it down for a look. Sapsuckers are migrating right now, so we had hoped to catch up with one.|