On a meander around Five Rivers last weekend, this is who was left:
American Goldfinch, Black-Capped Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Catbird, Great Blue Heron, Rock Dove, European Starling, Common Crow, Mallard, Mourning Dove, Turkey Vulture, Blue Jay, Pileated Woodpecker, Tree Swallow, Tufted Titmouse, Downy Woodpecker, Song Sparrow.
17 species, nothing new or noteworthy.
Who has left: I haven’t seen the four or five Kestrels that patrolled the fields just a few weeks ago. The Barn Swallows on the line have been replaced by Starlings, beginning to gather in streams and rivulets, soon to form rivers of blackbirds flowing southwards. No Orioles, warblers, grosbeaks, or Killdeers. The Phoebes have all fledged and fled. The Veerys and Wood Thrushes are silent.
The Goldfinches swarm the feeders, dozens at times, while solo Downy and Hairy woodpeckers still visit the suet.
It’s almost time for the first Juncos to arrive. Fall is here.