This fall I heard only one skein of geese, and that was below tree level, possibly my neighbor's freeloading geese going to visit their friends the other freeloading geese about five miles away.
No other migrations.
No ravens this year to speak of, and no migrations.
The tree swallows were sparse and disappeared in early august.
The crows are usually the rowdiest bunch (they remind me of my dad's family, shouting and tossing rolls at one another at the dinner table) during migration, probably wondering who hid the car keys and 'you're not taking THAT on the bus, are you INSANE" and all the checking to see if they left the water running and trying all the doors... none this year. Very few actual crows around at all except for the one that kept startling the daylights out of me on the porch when he yelled at me for trespassing....
No robin arrivals in the spring, which is usually heralded by a huge number of robins one morning in april, all over the fields. I dont think I saw a robin all summer. A friend who spends time in Florida said they had tons of them, more than he's ever seen. And no spring peepers at all, which is what we all wait for every year.
There were, however, a huge number of smaller birds, clouds of them, especially this fall, juncoes and sparrows and wrens. And of course the turkeys. who, it seems, are always with us now.
Once the early feeding frenzy was over, no ticks. Lots and lots of yellow jackets and white tailed hornets, with ground nests and filling every crevice they could find in the wood pile (which may account for so many frogs in there, too)--in a dry year you learn to look before you lift. Or better yet, jiggle it and move away.
We did have woodcocks return, and a whippoorwill in the distance. Owls in the field and I think a mating/nesting pair of red shouldered hawks living nearby.
Lack of rain was noticeable, that may have forced the birds to wetter areas. What was also noticeable was the total lack of interest the weather people had in mentioning a drought that ran from April to September, with almost no rain at all. Even the trees were wilting.
More frogs than we normally see, sheltering under the wood piles, so I made a few little frog houses with pans of water, and rocks, and covering. They seemed to appreciate the effort, I had one filled and in place and the minute I moved away I heard splashing. =)
And surprisingly we are now in the flight path of a great blue heron, something I ve only seen once (and at a distance) before, in forty years. We're just too dry for them, so I suspect they are traveling from one swampy area to another.
A wet fall, all rain, no snow, right up until yesterday. Maybe things will settle out next year.