I saw a few Autumn Meadowhawks this week when I visited Hurdman at lunch. I went mostly to look for birds, and on Thursday I counted 11 species on my walk. Highlights included a single Yellow-rumped Warbler and a Northern Flicker, both seen along the feeder path. Large flocks of robins and starlings were feeding on the wild grapes in the same area, and I found three American Tree Sparrows in the vegetation. I also noticed a couple of Autumn Meadowhawks perching on the ground; a pair in tandem flew off toward the river together.
When I returned yesterday it was sunny and at least 15°C, and I wasn’t surprised to see another meadowhawk perching on the ground along the trail that leads to the feeders.
It liked perching on the fallen leaves. When I accidentally got too close, it flew off and landed on another leaf.
I didn’t see the flicker, the Yellow-rumped Warbler or the tree sparrows, but the starlings and robins were still in the same place. Two Cedar Waxwings had joined them, and I also had a couple of White-throated Sparrows and a Fox Sparrow in the same area. To my surprise a Cabbage White butterfly came along and landed on a small flower.
I also saw a bumblebee, a couple of lady beetles and another pair of Autumn Meadowhawks in tandem. As the nights are expected to remain above 0°C for the next week, it wouldn’t surprise me if we saw several different types of insects, including the Autumn Meadowhawks, still flying at the beginning of November!