Nature Happenings

  • Cedar Waxwings arrive.
  • Look for scarce Rufous Hummingbirds to arrive throughout the region.
  • Wintering sparrows, towhees and juncos arrive late in the month - they all love millet in a ground feeder.
  • It's a good time to install bluebird winter roost boxes.
  • American Goldfinches start to return this month in coastal South Carolina in nonbreeding plumage.
  • First Lapland Longspurs arrive for the winter (scarce in South Carolina).
  • Monarch migration reaches its peak late in month, sometimes in uncountable numbers.
  • Waterfowl migration continues to build; lots of geese can be seen passing over at the end of the month.
  • Bald Eagle nest building and maintenance begins.
  • Great Horned Owl males begin hooting in nesting territory.
  • Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers arrive.
  • Sedge Wrens arrive in mid-October.
  • Peak fall migration for American Robins.
  • Orionids meteor shower is late-October.

American Goldfinches (Spinus tristis) in winter plumage