|A doe casually looks behind her to see the dude with the camera|
At the preserve, I often hear the bucks rubbing their antlers on the trunks of small trees –scraping away the bark and gouging the wood in the process. Years later these deer "rubs" will become scars on the sides of trees –serving as evidence that once a buck performed his fertility ritual there.
|A flock of Canada Geese fly in "V" formation over the nature preserve|
The migrant birds are still on the move and their sounds usually capture our attention. This morning, about a dozen flocks of Canada Geese flew over. Most are not officially migrating yet. In fact they will remain as local birds for the time being. They will commute back and forth between the wetlands and agricultural fields until the area’s water freezes over and the fields get covered with deep snow. At that point, when feeding becomes difficult, the geese will decide to resume their migration --most will go east to the Atlantic coast.
|One of many Robins that will spend the fall and maybe even the winter with us|
|The Myrtle Warbler is one of the last warbler species to come through the preserve|
|Beech Trees create a final burst of color in the fall woods|
|A close up view of some Beech Tree leaves|
|This tree's bark is obviously currupted by Beech Bark Disease (BBD)|
|The Flowers of Witch Hazel bloom in the fall even as its leaves turn brown|