Birds of October

Oct 10, 2017

For October's bird program, Mark Faherty, ornithologist and science coordinator at the Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, joins our host Mindy Todd to talk about the season's birding highlights.

Birds that are staying around in winter, as well as migrants passing through, are all getting ready for the cold weather to come. A plentiful crop of acorns on local oak trees means we will probably see a lot of bluejays this winter.

If you are fascinated with migration, here's a link to The Ocean Flyway: The Surprising Open Water Routes of Songbird Migrations. Sophisticated tracking technologies are revealing migration routes and destinations that have long been inscrutable. One recent revelation is that small songbirds are bypassing land and making direct flights southbound over the Atlantic Ocean during fall migration in September and October.