Monday, September 21, 2009

First Day of Fall

Today is the first day of fall and I thought this would be a great day to start this Nahanton Park blog. It was pretty chilly (46), but the gardens looked beautiful - all the grasses and flowers covered in dew. The asters, Queen Anne's Lace and rudbeckia are almost done blooming.

It seemed very quiet when I first arrived. Only a few chickadees and house wrens - not even a song sparrow! I took some pictures and wandered down to the pond where I was so amazed to see our stately friend the Blue Heron strolling about in the shallow waters with some mallards splashing nearby. Haven't seen him for quite some time and what a great sighting to start out this blog with.

Quickly went back to the lower gardens. The sun was coming out and it looked like the birds were starting to come to life. I couldn't stay long, but saw a red-eyed vireo, heard the warbling vireo and saw some little warbler with a flash of yellow - it was so quick, I wasn't sure if it was on it's cheek or sides and definitely couldn't
identify it.

The Bird Register recently had some sightings of a black & white warbler and several pine warblers so it seems like the migration is finally happening.

I'd like to let people know that Alison will be leading a birdwalk at the park on Oct. 4th at 8:00 a.m. Hope to see you there!


  1. I will enjoy following this blog from afar. Long Island Sound seems such a long way from one of my favorite haunts in Newton. I'm now learning to identify gulls and cormorants instead of migrating warblers.

  2. Sue, it seems like it is just gorgeous there. I can't wait to hear of all your birding and nature adventures.