This year in October, I saw a lot of robins, male and female, finches and chickadees, and geese flying south.
Surprisingly I didn't see many juveniles from previous broods. My guess is that juveniles are harder to see.
And the robins were flying above me, looking for worms below me, and most ended up in tall shrubs. The finches stayed in place longer than the robins.
So why this big congregation of birds when it is still going to be relatively warm for most of the fall(which it ended up being)?
I live in ohio where it usually gets down to -4 in January and 90+ during the summer.