Experience the Other Migration

MIGRATING RAPTORSThe sweet chorus of birdsong has been replaced by the buzzing of insects. Spring migration with its daily arrival of rainbow-hued birds is now a distant memory. Migration is not just a spring phenomenon, however. Birds that came north to breed are now making their way south to their wintering grounds. For some birds, this will be a short trip; for others, it is an epic journey. Check out September's Nature Questions for more on some of these amazing migrations.

Fall migration offers unique experiences and ID tests that many birders enjoy. Careful observation is key in identifying the drabber plumage of fall migrants. A good pair of binoculars and specialty field guides on warblers, hawks, and shorebirds will help you identify challenging species and greatly enhance your enjoyment of this annual event.

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Birds often migrate along a different route in the fall than they do in the spring. This gives us opportunities to watch birds we might otherwise never see. One of the most spectacular facets of fall migration is the movement of hundreds of thousands of raptors along the eastern US. Consider taking a trip this fall to Hawk Mountain in eastern Pennsylvania to experience the amazing views of soaring eagles, hawks, vultures, and falcons. Locally, look for migrating warblers, thrushes, kinglets, and more along the trails of Presque Isle, Asbury Woods, or by Oil Creek after a cold front passes through the area.

You can also look for the return of the 'snowbirds' during fall migration. Juncos, White-throated Sparrows, and Red-breasted Nuthatches are a few of the northern species that migrate to our area to spend the winter.

We invite you to stop in to learn more about fall migration and to share your experiences with us.