Leaf Report, Many Migrants, Beautiful Weather Continues

The really wonderful weather continues, a bit warmer, and also with less wind.

Today has seen the most bird activity we’ve had, presumably migrants, as they will hardly sit still for an instant in their quest for food. I’ve been able to identify a few warblers, even though I’m the worst at that. And I’m pretty sure I saw a Yellow-billed Cuckoo yesterday. I may have seen a female Rose-breasted Grosbeak. A report on the GABO list noted four in Blairsville yesterday, with two continuing today.

There’s starting to be some leaf change, but I don’t expect it to be spectacular this year because of all the rain. Over across the valley to Dividing Ridge, it’s mostly rusty colors so far. I do expect some good yellows when the hickories start to change.

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