Now we can see the Grand Finale. These are New England Asters which will last till our first heavy frosts and snow.
There are a few remnants of earlier blooming asters and various types of goldenrod mixed in but as you can see the New England variety dominates.
It's also time for many of our song birds and raptors to begin moving south. I, as a fledgling birder, can identify some of the warblers in the spring as the males sport their gorgeous breeding colors. Not so easy in the fall, as the brighter colors fade. Still this "butter butt" (a.k.a. yellow rumped warbler) stands out on the prairie with his distinctive mark.