Our weekly Nature Walk was moved to Wednesday, due to a persistent rain on Tuesday. It was a good decision, and we had wonderful weather. The blue sky highlighted the changing leaves. The Sassafras shoots in the meadows are beginning to change color. Most are still green, but there are clumps here and there of brilliant orange or burgundy. There are also flowers like these Heart-leaved Asters on the right. (All photos by Carole Mebus.)
It was a great morning for a walk. The White-throated Sparrows greeted us with song as we walked through the meadows. Carole spotted this female bluebird eating the wild grapes. We also watched a Eastern Phoebe catching insects in the air and feeding. Later we got into a flock of feeding birds, which included White-throated Sparrows, Rufous-sided Towhees, and even a Yellow-rumped Warbler. That was exciting as the birds appeared and disappeared in the vegetation of the meadows and fencerows.
Carole took this photograph of a Staghorn Sumac along the edge of the trail.