There's a lot going on with the birds right now. In late August and early September, here's some things to look for:
Molting Birds - Many birds are going through a total or partial molt of feathers. They might have a dissheveled look until their molt is complete.
Migrating Birds - Fall migration is underway so keep an eye out for migrating birds like warblers, native sparrows, and other non-resident birds.
Young Goldfinches - American Goldfinches are amongst the latest nesting birds in our area. Young birds are just leaving the nest so listen and watch for their begging.
Hummingbird changes - Take time to enjoy the hummingbirds in your yard - within 1-2 weeks, all but a straggler or two will be gone!
And get this: banding studies show that at this time of year, all the hummingbirds you see at your feeder one day will be replaced the next day by a new group of migrating hummingbirds.
Also, take a good hard look at your hummingbirds; if there is a light striping on the neck (like the bird below), it is a juvenile male. He'll have his beautiful red throat by next spring.
Everyday is a great day to watch the birds, but when significant changes are taking place, it's especially interesting and fun to observe those changes! Let us know what you're seeing in your yard.