Along the coast, Forster's Terns now outnumber Common Terns.
The first "Northern" Horned Larks of the subspecies alpestris can be found in coastal dunes and open spaces.
Sparrow numbers and diversity skyrocket.
|Savannah Sparrows are everywhere|
|Nelson's Sparrow is a common October migrant in coastal saltmarsh, though this may actually be a hybrid...|
Raptor diversity peaks. At one location earlier this week I had 13 species of raptor/vulture in just a couple hours' watching the sky.
Hawkwatching often yields a few non-raptor bonuses, such as this adult RED-HEADED WOODPECKER that passed between me and the sun a few days ago.
Yellow-rumped Warblers dominate, while good numbers of Palm Warblers spill over from September.
|"Yellow" Palm Warbler|
Gull numbers continue to increase while diversity remains on the low side. Still, southbound Lesser Black-backed Gulls are often seen this month, particularly during periods of inclement weather and east winds, some of which we experienced last weekend.
|juvenile Lesser Black-backed Gull|
Red-breasted Nuthatches have been moving since late summer, and they continue to be common statewide. Perhaps we will see more boreal irruptives as the month progresses.