FALL MIGRATION

Backyard Dispatches

Days are getting shorter, shadows are getting longer and evening temperatures are cooling. All signs of the approaching season of fall. The birds are also noticing these changes as they prepare for the journey back to their wintering grounds. Natural food sources will also become less readily available which affects the migration schedule. Fall migration can begin as early as June for birds in the far north, but generally begins in Ontario during late August through mid November.

Photo Credits – Annie Spratt

Spring and fall migration are quite different for the birds. In the spring birds are on a strict schedule to get to their breeding grounds, mark territories, molt into their bright plumage, attract a mate, sing their best songs and raise a family. Lots of work. Fall is a little more laid back. If they find a place with an abundant food supply, they can stay for…

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