Seasons in our Wildlife-friendly Yard: Fall 2016 in Pictures

A beautiful, warm, protracted fall this year and the Beaver super moon was spectacular, as promised. Some firsts seen in our wildlife-friendly yard this fall included a sharp-shinned hawk and a bald eagle (poor photo due to its height in the sky, but it was distinguishable enough for a positive ID). We appreciated our last warm sunny days listening to bird song, and were pleasantly surprised to see a green frog in the pond right up until November. Finding the hidden nests in the fall is always something we look forward to. The basketball-sized paper wasps’ nest was a discovery to behold! See photo gallery below.

Northern flicker, fall, 2016
Northern flicker, fall, 2016
Chipping sparrow in winter plumage, fall 2016
Chipping sparrow in winter plumage, fall 2016
Pileated woodpecker on telephone pole in front yard, fall 2016
Pileated woodpecker on telephone pole in front yard, fall 2016
Sharp-shinned hawk in fall migration, 2016
Sharp-shinned hawk in fall migration, 2016
Mourning dove in Freeman maple, fall 2016
Mourning dove in Freeman maple, fall 2016
Bumble bee in gaillardia, fall 2016
Bumble bee in gaillardia, fall 2016
Chipmunk, fall 2016
Chipmunk, fall 2016
Blue jay, fall 2016
Blue jay, fall 2016
Autumn dragonfly, fall 2016
Autumn dragonfly, fall 2016
Long-legged fly on golden rod (Solidago), fall 2016
Long-legged fly on golden rod (Solidago), fall 2016
Paper wasps' nest, fall 2016
Paper wasps’ nest, fall 2016
Green bee on aster, fall 2016
Green bee on aster, fall 2016