Well, it is no secret that we here in the greater Ottawa area have been spoiled weather-wise this season. With scorching temperatures typically only seen during the summer months, this fall season is a treat to those who love the heat.
Despite the warmer-than-usual temperatures, a quick glance into the treetops above brings us all back to the reality that fall is definitely upon us and that winter is just around the corner. With that in mind, many of us have been busy keeping an eye on our feathered friends during one of our favourite birding seasons. With the summer storms brewing below us, we have seen some fairly odd behavior exhibited by our birds this year but if you look closely when it comes to our birds, not much has really changed.
For those that have already departed the Ottawa area, those that have returned only to depart again and those still awaiting their pending departure, there are a number of physical changes our backyard birds go through this time of year. In an effort to best prepare for their long journeys, here are three changes all migrational birds go through before embarking on their long trip south.