Today’s visit to the Stroud Preserve was chilly as I noted the first frost of the fall. The photo above shows frost on the railing of the parking lot. I did not see any frost on the ground. We may not see it for the next week or so either as the predicted lows for the next five days are all above 45°.
I started out an hour early at about 7:45 today as Mary was home and could take Paddy to the bus stop. I told Mary that compared to yesterday I would need to see a condor for the day to amount to anything. Nonetheless, I headed out under mostly clear skies, a bit chipper, and a light wind. I stayed out until 11:00 AM, the first two hours were slow and methodical birding, the last hour I pick up the pace to get my heart rate up. Here is what I saw. Total species: 52. Notable sightings in bold.