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PHENOLOGY

Phenology

Third Week of October

The woods are still illuminated with fantastic reds, burntoranges, and goldenyellows of the sugar maples; sunny-yellows of hackberry and wild grape leaves; and bright red of staghorn sumacs and Virginia creeper vines. Migrating birds include common loons, white-throated sparrows, and yellowrumped warblers. Waterfowl watchers keep an eye out for redheads, canvasbacks, lesser scaup, and northern shovelers.

October 16, 2015: Cold temperatures and the first frost over many parts of southern Minnesota killed tomato, salvia, zinnia, and other plants, and iced-over birdbaths.

October 17, 2015: In the Lutsen/Grand Marais area, lingering fall colors included golden-yellow aspens, and golden-yellow and red mountain maples. Observers saw flocks of migrating snow buntings, Lapland longspurs, horned larks, and dark-eyed juncos.

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Peak day for autumn foliage colors (Twin Cities):
2015 October 14
2014 October 14
2013 October 13
2012 October 1
2011 October 4

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