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I'll go ahead and start our Fall Migration since we are right here. My bird feeders have really slowed down the past couple of weeks. The BOSS has really slowed big time, but it seems the peanuts and suet are still popular. I dont see hardly any finches at all, and it seems the blujays, northern cardinals, chickadees, and the titmouse, have taken over. The woopeckers have found food somewhere else too for the moment. Probably lots of nuts falling.

Our weather is still really summer hot. We have been in the 90's everyday, and the mid 70's at night time, so we are nearing records here. Supposed to be in the low 80's for our highs everyday. There seems to be no end in sight either, so I'm not sure how this is affecting the birds.

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I dont know what happened to my House Finches. They were really plowing thru the BOSS like crazy. Now the level barely even moves. I cant remember when I filled it up last. The House Sparrows are eating a lot of suet right now, and the Blujays dominate the peanut feeder. Once we get a big cold front there will be all types of new birds around that I dont see all summer long. Looking forward to that. I have a lot of hummers that are visiting right now. The ones I had all left and the feeders were dead for about 3 days, then some newbies showed up and took over all the feeders. They are really active today too. Everytime I go look at the feeders I have a customer on at least one.

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Thanks for starting the Fall Migration topic.  My feeders have been almost dormant for a month with only a few of my resident tit mice, chickadees, cardinals, blue jays, house finches and crows stopping by for suet or water. Cold air is predicted to come in on Sunday night bringing some cooler temps and rain showers for the Southeast.  It hasn't rained at my house in 3 weeks.  The high today is supposed to be 96 degrees which will be a new record so we are all excited about getting this dry high pressure system out of here!   Look for the rose-breasted grosbeaks this month headed back to South America.  They go back much faster than during the Spring migration so you do not see many but I have seen them before headed back down.  The indigo buntings are headed back down this month too. I will be getting ready for some of the juncos and other northern birds that head down here for the winter.  Right now, I would just like to see Fall!  😓

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I went back and looked at the Fall Migration topic from last year and it looks like we had Juncos showing up during the 3rd week of October down here in the South.   That would be next week so something tells me that the birds are potentially going to be a little later this year than last year.  We will see.  We finally got out of the 90s.  Hummingbirds are still around some so I think we are are week or two behind compared to last year.   What do you think at your place?

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Mine is still pretty dead. We've had a few cold fronts come thru, but nothing major yet. I know once those cold fronts start coming and we get down close to freezing for a few days, they will come back looking for the good stuff. I still have a lot of Blujays coming for the peanuts everyday, and I see the Carolina Chickadees, and Cardinals enjoying the feeder all to themselves. Most of the time everything is pretty much dead.

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Saw the first Junco of the season in my yard a couple of days ago. The White-crowned Sparrows showed up about 3 weeks ago, a bit earlier than usual. White-breasted Nuthatch a couple of weeks ago, and the usual Yellow-rumped Warbler that feeds on the suet came in a few days ago.

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Well I hate to sound like a broken record but still no juncos, white-throated sparrows or goldfinches so far this migration season here in the deep south.  I would expect to start seeing some of these species within the next few days to few weeks.  I'll keep you posted.  I put out some extra BOSS in a few places on the back of the house. 

On 10/30/2019 at 12:05 PM, Bird Brain said:

Saw the first Junco of the season in my yard a couple of days ago. The White-crowned Sparrows showed up about 3 weeks ago, a bit earlier than usual. White-breasted Nuthatch a couple of weeks ago, and the usual Yellow-rumped Warbler that feeds on the suet came in a few days ago.

 

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American Goldfinches came in yesterday. Must be close to 100 of the critters!! All over the feeders and ground. I may have to take out a second mortgage to feed them through the winter! This morning an adult Cooper's took one off the flat feeder just outside the window. It was gone before I could get my camera, though. :classic_sad:

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The first hard freeze of the season is on tap for central SC, with lows around freezing for a couple of nights.  Let's see what that brings to my feeders.  For the last several weeks it's been mostly House Finches, cardinals, titmices, and chickadees.  Not a junco, Yellow-rumped, or kinglet yet.

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I saw a couple of Juncos yesterday and the day before, but thats been it. We are supposed to have 2 hard freezes monday and tuesday, so I'm curious to see what shows up after that. It's been super quiet here. The most excitement I've seen lately was about 30 House Sparrows showed up all at once and nearly destroyed 2 blocks of suet, and were gone after that. Havent seen them back. I have a few Cardinals, Carolina Chickadees, some Bluejays, and a Titmouse now and then if I'm lucky. 

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I had an AMGO and three CHSP this morning.  30 degrees, coldest this season in central SC.  AMGO worked the BOSS for while before he moved to the thistle feeder.

By the way, it doesn't look good for us Southerners this winter as far as irruptive species making it down this far.  Here's this season's forecast.  Don't expect Pine Siskins or Purple Finches, the two that push south more often than others.  I haven't seen any Snowy Owl forecasts.

http://www.jeaniron.ca/2019/wff19.htm

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Ever since Tuesday there has been birds everywhere. Chipping Sparrows, Field Sparrows,  Dark-eyed Juncos, Vesper Sparrows, and Savannah Sparrows are everywhere. Also a flock of about forty Pine Siskins has arrived.

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eBird is showing that most all of the fall/winter species that we have mentioned have been sighted in late October and this month here in the South including:  Juncos, chipping sparrows, pine siskins, kinglets, YR warblers.  I have not seen one of these birds on my property yet so I think these sightings are at well established songbird locations by people that have time to watch for birds all day.  Ha ha! 

The good news is... They are coming!  

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I had three Hooded Mergansers on the way home this afternoon - a female on one pond, and a pair on another pond.  First ones of the season.  Again, the front may have blown them in.

In non-migratory sightings, I also had a Cooper's, a Red-tailed, either another RTHA or a Red-shouldered, a Belted Kingfisher, and a pair of Wood Ducks today.  An excellent drive home, even if it took half an hour longer than normal!

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