There’s nothing like fall in New England. No argument there, I’m sure. So, even though today is rainy and dreary, here are a few shots to celebrate the season.
Here is the latest For the Birds column, which runs in several New England newspapers.
Oak leaves, at least the ones in my yard, turned directly from green to brown and fell in droves during the windy days of the past week.
The trees are largely bare, most of the flowers that survived the fall have now perished in the year’s first frost and big, brown oak leaves cover many of the open spaces in the region.
There’s not a lot of color to be seen these days, except for evergreens and the occasional blue sky.
Chickadees, titmice, nuthatches and downy woodpeckers may not be the most dynamic birds in terms of color but fall and winter is their time to shine. The subtle oranges on the titmice and chickadees, the gray-blue backs of the nuthatches, and the red on the heads of male downeys seem to be noticed more as the number of bird species we see at our feeders dwindles.
Even the white throat and yellow lore – the region between the eyes and nostrils — of a white-throated sparrow appears to glow brighter during these days.
The snow, ice and freezing temperatures are on the way, but until then, New England has this …
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