Cypress Gardens

Autumn Season

Autumn season at Cypress Gardens offers a different experience.

Common blooms and wildlife seen during each month:

September

Average temperatures range from 60 to 80 degrees F.

  • Fall migration for birds is apparent as the mixed blackbird and grackle flocks continue to grow in number; Solitary Sandpipers, Palm and Black and White Warblers pass through; and the numbers of Gray Catbirds build to spend the winter.
  • Gone until spring are the:
    • Yellow-throated Vireo
    • Acadian Flycatcher
    • Great-crested Flycatchers
    • Northern Parula
    • Eastern Kingbird
    • Purple Martin
    • Yellow-throated Warbler
    • Summer Tanager
    • Blue Grosbeak
  • Composites continue to rule the flowering plants including:
    • Bur-marigold (Bidens laevis)
    • Climbing Aster (Aster carolinianus)
    • Goldenrods (Solidago)
  • Antique Roses bloom again by months end.

October

Average temperatures range from 40 to 70 degrees F.

  • This is the prime fall month for observing the leaf-color change in deciduous plants and trees. The needles of our only deciduous conifer, the Bald Cypress, turn rust-brown.
  • Many of September’s composites continue to flower, but most have gone to seed.
  • A few amphibians, such as the Ornate Chorus Frog, gear up for their fall and winter breeding season.
  • Great-horned and Screech Owls are more vocal.
  • Bird migration continues as Red-eyed Vireos and Indigo Buntings will soon vanish until next spring.
  • Winter arrivals include the:
    • Pied-billed Grebe
    • Eastern phoebe
    • House Wren
    • Winter Wren
    • Golden-crowned Kinglet
    • Ruby-crowned Kinglet
    • American Robin
    • Song Sparrow
    • Yellow-rumped Warbler
    • White-throated Sparrow
  • Butterflies remain plentiful and the striking Purple Hairstreak is notable.

November

Average temperatures range from 30 to 60 degrees F.

  • Deciduous plants continue to become bare of leaves, including the Bald Cypress.
  • The extensive old plantings of Camellias (mostly from Japan) begin to flower.
  • Winter resident bird species continue to arrive, such as the:
    • Hermit Thrush
    • Cedar Waxwing
    • Pine Siskin
    • American Goldfinch
    • Dark-eyed Junco
    • Chipping Sparrow
    • American Woodcock
    • Brown Creeper
  • Insect activity is slowing.

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