Backyard Almanac: Catch the Warbler Wave

Aug 19, 2016

Naturalist Larry Weber observes that, as the days grow shorter (now just 14 hours of daylight), many birds are on the move, including large families of warblers ("warbler waves"), raptors, geese, and nighthawks. The rain has brought out many mushrooms. Butterflies are on the scene, and so are cicadas, katydids and grasshoppers, and this means that spiders are on the hunt for insects! In plant life, fall flowers are blooming -- goldenrod, asters, and sunflowers (including Joe-Pye weed). Blackberries, chokecherries and highbush cranberries are ripening, and some leaves are changing, among them pin cherry, dogwood and birch.