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Seasons of Nature in New England
- Late Summer -

The wild berries, including blackberries and raspberries, will ripen during this period. They provide a welcome feast for the birds, the black bears, and other mammals.


Boneset, wild bergamot, jewelweed, common mullein, common milkweed, and some species of goldenrod are among the many wildflowers that bloom in late summer.

•   By late July or early August, the katydids can be heard calling in the wooded areas.  

The fall migration of shorebirds begins during this period. The shorebird migrants include the sanderling, the sandpipers, and the black-bellied plover, among many, many others. The New England coast is one of the best places to watch this migration.


The southward migration of warblers, as well as other land birds, also begins during this time.

Warblers generally do most of their migration during the nighttime hours. You can sometimes see their silhouettes against the sky on moonlit nights.


After having grown as much as a quarter of an inch per day over the previous month or so, white-tailed bucks' antlers will be almost fully grown by around the end of July.

The bucks usually begin rubbing the velvet off their antlers by the end of August. The timing varies depending upon the age and health of the buck.


Note: The "late summer" period is the time from approximately mid-July thru the end of August. Timing of events will vary depending upon your latitude and elevation.

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Interesting facts about...
          the Pileated Woodpecker

The territory of this bird may extend to a mile or more, which is one reason we tend to see fewer pileated woodpeckers in a given area than other types of woodpeckers.

A pileated woodpecker pair will share territory throughout the year. However, the male and female birds roost separately at night.

This bird's nest cavity is usually in a dead tree about 50 feet off the ground. The nest cavity is more roundish than the oblong-shaped cavity excavated by these birds in search of insects.
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