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Most of the shorebirds, warblers, grosbeaks and orioles have moved south by October. They will be replaced by migrating waterfowl, raptors (hawks), gulls and sparrows.

Area lakes are host to double-crested cormorant (early); osprey & Franklin's gull (early-mid), grebes (all month) ducks geese, Bonaparte's gull and common loon (late).

October brings many drab colored, migrant "little brown birds", the sparrows, to our woodlands, parks, yards and roadsides. These include a regional specialty, the Harris' sparrow, which migrates in a narrow mid-continental range that includes our area. Winter resident sparrows and finches including American tree sparrow, dark-eyed junco and purple finch arrive.

Meadowlark photo provided by Richard Cronberg