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Seasons of Nature in New England
- Early Autumn -

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.


Monarch butterflies have begun 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.


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 thru mid-October.  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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