Fall changes

In my eyes, fall is the most extreme changing and varied season, in weather and temperature, but also in birding.  It has great potential in both seabirds, shorebirds, and songbirds.  I have had a very interesting fall in birding this year, from digiscoping skimmers and Royal Terns in Cape May to freezing my hands off looking for a Barnacle Goose (unsuccessfully).  Rarities like Fork-tailed Flycatcher and Cave swallows, hawk migration, and skulking sparrows all contributed to a great fall.

With all these changes, it seems fall has gone by so fast.  It seems like only last week I was in shorts, ankle deep in the surf and looking at terns.  It was fall!  Then again, that same day I was buzzed by a goshawk!  Overlapping bird waves are always a treat, when departing summer residents mingle with incoming winter residents.  I am proud to say fall is my favorite birding season. Here are some pics that really take you through an awesome season.

Royal terns in Cape May in September

An American Bittern at Brigantine in September

Fork-tailed Flycatcher in Stamford in November.(watercolor done by my dad, Sean Murtha)

A Bonaparte's Gull in Greenwich in December.

I hope everyone had an exciting fall! And remember, it’s not over!

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