Nature of New England

Photos and information about birds, mammals, butterflies & wildflowers

Seasons of Nature in New England
- Early Autumn -

  • Photos of fall foliage in New England
  • Black bears are gaining weight for the winter - feeding heavily on acorns and beechnuts, where available.
  • White-tailed bucks are establishing their dominance hierarchy through ritualized sparring and displays.
  • The oak trees are shedding their acorns - providing food for many species of wildlife.
  • The mating calls of crickets and grasshoppers are in the air.
  • During this period, Monarch butterflies begin their migration south. Most will spend the winter in Mexico, usually arriving there in November.
  • Usually by mid-September, the leaves of the red maples are just beginning to change color. The fall foliage season normally reaches its peak around the first week of October, although it varies a great deal from year to year.
  • Many songbirds, including the warblers, have begun their southward migration, although some will not migrate until a little later in the fall.
  • Hawks can be seen migrating during the daytime hours.
  • The purple New England asters will bloom during this time. The white wood asters and lance-leaved goldenrod began blooming in late summer and will continue to bloom into the early autumn.

Note:  The "early autumn" period is the time from approximately September through mid-October.  Timing of events will vary depending upon your latitude and elevation.

Seasons of Nature in New England Archives

White-tailed buck

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    Photo credits: © S. Byland,© S. D. Bower, © Troy Bartlet, art-today, © B. Macqueen, USFWS