February 2023

Vol. 51, No. 1

Bird Sightings: September-October 2022

Neil Hayward and Robert H. Stymeist


Summer still lingers in September, yet the feeling of fall is in the air. The weather in September and October is generally very pleasant, with comfortable temperatures. Labor Day weekend this year was sunny and mild, and it was a great weekend for birding. The high temperature for the month in Boston was 84 degrees on September 18. This year’s dry weather continued with 2.60 inches of rain in Boston, nearly an inch below the average of 3.56 inches for September. On September 22—the first day of autumn—the remnants of Hurricane Fiona arrived, bringing gale force winds, heavy rain, and scattered thunderstorms to Cape Cod and the islands of Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard.

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