Sunday, August 16, 2015

The Clocks Are Ticking For Fall

                                                                Great Blue Heron

                                                                     Great Egret

                                                                   Downy Woodpecker

                                                         Northern Cardinal in molt

                                                                American Robin

                                                                   Mississippi Kite

0703-0942/69-81 degrees F/partly cloudy/light and variable winds

As cooler mornings befall us, leaves drop from the trees in a spiral, and raptors come to
the forefront.  It appears that there is light migratory movement going on, which will pick up
steam as fall comes closer.  There are still baby birds in nests, young birds exercising their wings
in preparation for a long flight ahead, and the adults are coming out to gain weight.  Time is of
the essence now, and since there is plenty of food available, we should see some good stopovers
here in Oklahoma while birds head south.

Keep your feeders full, your birdbaths clean and at the ready, as there will be plenty of birds
looking for food soon enough in their fall movement.