With its chilly temps and changing foliage, local bird enthusiasts say that autumn is the perfect time to fall in love with birding.
Aside from spring, autumn is the next best time for bird watching since so many birds are moving to and passing through central Wisconsin as they migrate south for the winter, said Lori Schubring, owner of Wild Birds Unlimited in Rib Mountain.
“Food availability is what really affects birds and drives them down our way,” Schubring said. “If they can’t find enough where they are in Canada or around the Article Circle, they’ll go south where they’ll have a better chance.”
Fall migration begins in late June with shorebirds and warblers, followed by sparrows and water fowl migrating throughout the fall, said 47-year-old Dan Belter of Weston, an avid birder for the past 25 years.