Tallahassee, Florida

October Nature Happenings - Southeast Region

• Cedar Waxwings arrive.
• Look for scarce Rufous Hummingbirds to arrive throughout the region; Fred Dietrich has already banded one!
• Wintering sparrows and towhees appear late in the month - they all love millet!
• It's a good time to clean out bluebird and other boxes; our winter residents may choose to use them as winter roost boxes.
• American Goldfinches start migrating south.
• First Sprague's Pipits arrive for the winter.
• Monarch migration reaches its peak late in the month; sometimes in uncountable numbers.
• Sandhill Cranes arrive in small flocks late in the month.
• 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.