NOVEMBER NATURE HAPPENINGS 

• Project Feeder Watch starts and extends until April, https://www.birds.cornell.edu/home/ Feeders get busier as the month progresses. Keep them full to attract migrants coming down from the north.

• To attract migrants, spread Bark Butter on the trunks of trees.  Over 140 birds throughout North America are attracted to Bark Butter.

• Look for new fall/winter visitors to your feeders such as Pine Siskin, Purple Finches and Red-breasted Nuthatches, Golden-crowned and Ruby-crowned Kinglets, Nashville and Yellow-rumped Warblers.

• Live in the forest? Check the tree trunks for Brown Creepers moving down scouring for insects. Usually they go for the biggest tree trunk available.

• Hummingbird feeders still filled?  Watch for the Rufous Hummingbird traveling from Alaska through December.

• Great Horned Owls are establishing territory and begin to pair up for winter breeding.  Listen for the distinctive deep soft "hoo-h’HOO-hoo-hoo".  

• Listen for the Winter Wren singing in the morning when the sun crests the horizon.

• Going to Hawk Mountain in November?  This month is peak migration for Golden Eagles, Red-tailed Hawks and Rough-legged Hawks.

• Listen for the Winter Wren singing in the morning when the sun crests the horizon.

• Waterfowl migration peaks this month. Lake Frederick and Abrams Creek will be a good area to spot Tundra Swans, American Widgeons, Gadwalls, Buffleheads, Hooded Mergansers and Ruddy Ducks. At the end of the month, look for Green-winged Teals.

• Open water is important if there's an early freeze. Put out heated bird baths for a winter water source.

• Witch-Hazel, also known as “winter Bloom” is the last shrub to bloom this year. Its exploding seed pods attract many birds.  Sweet William and some thistles are also still in bloom.

• Persimmons ripen - delicious when ripe, astringent when unripe.

• Peak of deer breeding season, through December. Use caution while driving.

• Woodchucks, chipmunks, bears and bats will begin their hibernation throughout the month depending on climate conditions.

• Beavers are very active in the evenings while caching a winter supply of food.

 

SPECIAL DATES

 

• November 3, Daylight Savings Time ends ~ set clocks back 1 hour.

• November 4-5, Taurids meteor shower peaks, best viewing is just after midnight away from city lights. The thin crescent moon will set early for a good viewing.

• November 5, Election Day.

• November 7, Virginia Society of Ornithology’s “Kestrel Project”.  Shenandoah University Henkel Auditorium, 7 PM.  For more information go to: http://www.shenandoahnaturalists.org/shennaturalistsnews.html

• November 9, Project FeederWatch begins.

• November 10, Blue Ridge Wildlife Center Presentation at WBU, 1 – 3 PM.

• November 10, the planet Mercury will be seen low in the eastern sky just before sunrise.

• November 11, Veterans Day.

• November 15, New Moon.

• November 15, America Recycles Day:  https://americarecyclesday.org/

• November 17-18, Leonid meteor shower peaks, best time to watch between midnight and dawn.

• November 27, Wild Birds Unlimited closes at 4:00PM

• November 28, Thanksgiving.  The last Thursday in the month of November was declared by Abraham Lincoln in 1863 to be a “Day of Thanksgiving”.

• November 29, Wild Birds Unlimited will open at 8:00 AM for Black Friday shopping.  Look for great specials!

• November 30, Full Moon - called the “Beaver Moon”, as this was the time Native America Indians and early settlers set beaver traps before the swamps froze, to ensure a supply of warm winter furs. This full Moon was also called the “Frost Moon”, for obvious reasons.

 

INTERESTING HISTORICAL DATES…What do a mouse, woodpecker, squirrel and moose have in common?  They all made it to the Silver Screen or Television during the month of November.

 

• November 11, 1940, Woody Woodpecker, America’s favorite woodpecker, debuts on the silver screen.

• November 18, 1928, Mickey Mouse hits the silver screen as Steamboat Willie.

• November 19, 1959, Rocket (Rocky) J Squirrel and Bullwinkle Moose debuts on TV!