|Ice on the beaver pond in Meredith's Page Pond Conservation Area|
Then on the second day of November, as if on cue, the first of the migrants from Canada appeared, a lone Hooded Merganser.
|A lone merganser cruises the lake|
With a little luck we will see more of these pretty ducks over the course of the month.
I also caught a little Song Sparrow picking seeds from the fall grasses.
|A song sparrow rests in a cherry tree|
as well as some cold, gray days.
|A classic November view from Chemung Road|
Early in the week the blueberries were shining brightly, but by today, they are all but gone by.
|Blueberry and huckleberry's fall glory|
This month of transition provides a nice display of various habitats at different locations on this south-facing hill.
The top of the hill is populated almost exclusively with white pine. The center elevations are predominantly filled with the copper and dark orange indicative of oak. Then at the bottom of the hill, where the ground is low and probably the wettest, are the bare branches of the maple trees. In the uniform green of summer this differentiation goes unnoticed.
Some leaves will hang on right through the month, providing a little diversion from November drabness.