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