Black bears are gaining weight for the
winter - feeding heavily on acorns and beechnuts, where available.
White-tailed bucks are establishing
their dominance hierarchy through ritualized sparring and displays.
The oak trees are shedding their acorns - providing food for many
species of wildlife.
The mating calls of crickets and grasshoppers are in the air.
During this period, Monarch butterflies begin their migration south. Most
will spend the winter in Mexico, usually arriving there in November.
Usually by mid-September, the leaves of the red maples are just
beginning to change color. The fall foliage season normally reaches
its peak around the first week of October, although it varies a great
deal from year to year.
Many songbirds, including the warblers,
have begun their southward migration, although some will not migrate
until a little later in the fall.
Hawks can be seen migrating during the daytime hours.
The purple New England asters will bloom during this time. The white wood asters and lance-leaved
goldenrod began blooming in late summer and will continue to bloom
into the early autumn.
Note: The "early autumn" period is the time from approximately September through mid-October. Timing of events will vary depending upon your latitude and elevation.