Backyard Almanac: welcome to Outstanding October

Oct 2, 2020

Turkey vulture over Hawk Ridge yesterday
Credit Copyright John P. Richardson. Used with permission.

It's been another record-setting week in the Northland ...

September came in only 1° cooler than normal this year, but we saw less than an inch of rain, compared with the four inches or so we usually get.

That means, so far this year, September and June are going down as some of the driest on record.

Milkweed
Credit Lisa Johnson

Milkweeds, on the other hand, need dry conditions to form pods that then split open so they can disperse their seeds.

And another record was broken yesterday at Hawk Ridge.  They made this announcement on their social media:

   Records are there to be broken, and today another fell. In 1996, 799 Turkey Vultures were counted representing the largest 1 day total at HRBO.Today the counters counted 854 for a new one day total.   You can learn more about this year's fall migration counts and species here: