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October Happenings

Seasonal Update

October days light up with sunshine and colorful leaves. Expect the first frosts and with warm, summer-like days with little or no wind. Below are some entries from our Jim Gilbert’s Phenology Archives to help you compare months from one year to another. What else is happening in October?

For years, Minnesota naturalist and author Jim Gilbert recorded seasonal happenings in his phenology reports. Looking back at these reports, we can make educated guesses at what we can expect in the month ahead. Take a look at our archive of Jim Gilbert’s Phenology reports.

And make sure to pick up our September/October Bird’s-Eye Newsletter. Discover how migration is a continuous process of coming and going, not just a seasonal event. And don’t miss our guide to common species of sparrows in Minnesota! Plus, read our Chirps column and Seasonal Notes, with tips for what you need to do in your yard each month!

Current Newsletter

Phenology Archives

September/October 2021 issue of Bird's-Eye Newsletter

Backyard birding


Getting Started

Getting Started

Start here for some great resources to help you succeed.

Attract Species

Attract Species

Persuade desired bird species to frequent your backyard.



Time-tested tips & tricks to discourage unwelcome pests.

MN Bird Guide

MN Bird Guide

Identify and keep track of Minnesota’s backyard birds.

Seasonal Tips


Activities to keep your backyard booming year-round.