Backyard Almanac: A Brisk Beginning
The temperatures have cooled heralding in the first full day of autumn. Earlier this week the northland was in the 80s, temps yesterday neared the 30s.
With longer nighttime hours, Larry Weber has been getting out for some stargazing. “If you get out after dark... with the new moon phase it is just spectacular.”
The fiftieth anniversary of Hawk Ridge is being celebrated this week and the hawks were there to aid in the festivities. “On Wednesday, there was a flight of more than 10,000 raptors,” says Weber. “Thursday that number shot up to more than 12 and a half thousand.”
Giant water bugs are fleeing the cold water of the swamps at dusk. “Guess who's out there to greet them?” asks Weber. The answer; bats. “Bats have learned that over the water at this time there are still insects."
The DNR puts out a weekly color watch estimating the percentage of color on the leaves. Weber states that the Duluth area is noted as being around 10%. “This is the time to look out and see the color. It is just spectacular.”