October is one of my favourite times of year. The parks are less busy with the crowds of summer and there are still lots of things to enjoy.
There is a nice variety of fungus on the forest floor, including this Clitocybula abundans which is fruiting off of some wood just under the soil and leaf litter.
I was pleased with the diversity of butterflies utilizing the sunnier parts of the trail. Aside from these Common Buckeye and Eastern Tailed-Blue, there were Red Admirals, both sulphurs, Monarch and Mourning Cloak. The buckeyes have been noticeably more abundant in the last few weeks.
Oblong-winged Katydid are also more abundant now. Usually they are green, as in this next image.
Along the eastern side of the park, and especially in the campground, there are quite a few Eastern Red Cedars. Some years they have virtually no fruit, but this year looks to be a good fruiting year, at least for some individual trees. This is a boon for various birds looking for nourishment this time of year.
I've seen more Northern Parulas this fall than I did in the spring.
Northern Flickers are more abundant now than they were in the summer.
Somewhat surprisingly, this American Woodcock was strutting along the paved trail, but didn't let me get too close before heading off to the brushy side. One seldom sees them out in the open on bright sunny days.
Turkey Vultures are passing through in large numbers, wobbling through the sky as they go. Already more than 30,000 have been documented at one of the hawkwatch sites along the Detroit River, but last year almost 70,000 were recorded, so there are lots more to come.
October is definitely a month of plenty to be thankful for!