Autumn season at Cypress Gardens offers a different experience.
Common blooms and wildlife seen during each month:
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.
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.
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.