Nature Happenings

  • Painted Buntings, Orchard and Baltimore Orioles begin to arrive.
  • Young are born in nursery colonies of bats.
  • The Dawn Chorus begins. Be sure to listen for the early morning natural serenade.
  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Butterflies fly May-September, two flights.
  • Red-headed Woodpeckers nesting. Downy and Hairy Woodpeckers are incubating.
  • Chickadees, titmice, nuthatches are incubating and are less likely to be at feeders.
  • Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, nighthawks, Wood Thrushes, Veerys and Chimney Swifts return.
  • House Wrens return. They may come in late April (earlier in south) if spring is warm.
  • Sub-adult Purple Martins return to establish new colonies early in the month.
  • Nesting materials are being collected.
  • Eta Aquarids meteor shower is early-May.
  • International Migratory Bird Day is mid-May.