Autumn in Stephenville Crossing

The colors of Autumn in Stephenville Crossing are a feast for the eyes. Beginning in early September and into late November the forests look
like an artists palette of reds, golds, and oranges.

Fall colors on old road to Stephenville at the Bottom of Seal Cove
Fall colors on section of Harry's River
  Fall colors in trees near Mattis Point 

The wetland bogs and fens at the back of Stephenville Crossing are also a photographers delight.

View of Crossing bog from Richard and Vivian Critchleys back yardSmall pond at back of Stephenville Crossing  Looking towards Stephenville from Crossing bog

Autumn is the best time for viewing many of the migratory waterfowl in the Stephenville Crossing area. A short walk will take you to St. Georges River at the back of the Crossing, where hundreds of Canada Geese can be seen feeding and resting in preparation for their long journey south. Flocks of Merganser, Scaup, and other waterfowl are being seen in increasing numbers, due in no small part to the no hunting rules that have been implemented in the area. This fall also saw the return of an American Egret, which is rare to our area of Canada.

Flock of Mergansers and Canada Geese feeding near Critchleys Island  Canada's feeding near old graveyard in Stephenville CrossingCanada Geese feeding near old graveyard with Mattis Point in background 

As you can see Stephenville Crossing has lots to offer if you are a photographer, naturalist or just out for a afternoon drive. If you visit, be sure to ask residents where the best viewing areas area.

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