“A bird does not sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.” – Maya Angelou
October heralds our region’s last big flush of fall migrants. First-of-season songbirds, such as the Rose-breasted Grosbeak, appear now, and several of our wintering species typically begin arriving too, including Eastern Phoebe and Black-throated Green Warbler. The Ruby-throated Hummingbird and Painted Bunting also brighten our landscape now. There is an excellent chance of spotting vagrants, such as the Thick-billed Vireo, at this time of year as well.
The Tropical Audubon Society wants you to get a glimpse of this majestic season.
Sign up for a free October field trip by visiting their website calendar to view the entire fall schedule. Note that registration is required for all field trips. There is generally no fee. However, some parks/areas require parking fees, and are relatively cheap. Click through each field trip listing to see the parking fees and for additional information.
October Field Trips:
- Matheson Hammock Park Birding | Saturday, Oct. 8, 7:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.
- Phoebes Birding “Big Sit” at A.D. Barnes Park | Saturday, Oct. 8, 8 a.m. – 11 a.m.
- A.D. Barnes Park Birding | Sunday, Oct. 9, 7:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.
- Kendall Indian Hammocks Park Birding | Saturday, Oct. 15, 7:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.
- A.D. Barnes Park Birding | Saturday, Oct. 22, 7:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.
- Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary / Ft. Myers Beach Birding | Saturday, Oct. 29, 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.