On the last day of summer, I followed the butterflies around the Butterfly Garden at Saylorville Lake. Hidden in a nearby tree, a red-eyed vireo searched for food. It was almost time for him to leave. He spends the summers in the tree tops here and the winters in South America.
In October, the park was bustling with the activity of migrating birds. A female yellow-rumped warbler flitted about in an oak tree in the garden. A Lincoln’s sparrow hopped up onto a rock after foraging in the shadows of the fading flowers.
A shy fox sparrow blended in with the dried flower stalks on the bank of Saylorville Lake. A flock of white-throated sparrows converged on the dried evening primrose flowers by the path. The bushes gave cover to the field sparrows and the Harris’s sparrows.
Storms, wind, and cold filled the first three weeks of November. Thanksgiving morning awoke to sunshine and relatively mild weather. I was surprised to find a common yellowthroat warbler in the dried flowers near the entrance to the woods. The summer range of the common yellowthroats extends up into northern Canada. She might have been a northern warbler late on her journey south.
The summer ranges of the field sparrows, the red-eyed vireos, and the common yellowthroat warblers include this area. The other birds featured today are only seen here during their fall and spring migrations.
October 8, 2017
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Take care and thanks for reading.