March Nature Notes

  • Full Moon: March 9th.  New Moon: March 24th.
  • Turkey Vultures return to Hinckley Ohio on March 15th.  'Buzzard Day' is celebrated.
  • March 19th: Spring Equinox!
  • Southwest winds bring migrating Turkey Vultures, eagles, and hawks along Lake Erie. On warm March & April days with south winds, these migration flights bunch up along the lake shore and can be easily viewed from the Tom Ridge Environmental Center parking lot. Use this HANDY HAWK GUIDE to help identify migrating raptors.
  • Skunk Cabbage, Coltsfolt, and Pussy Willows in bloom.
  • Great month for waterfowl watching. Check along the Bay and the Channel at Presque Isle.
  • Spring Peepers, Wood Frogs, and Chorus Frogs begin calling (late March).
  • Killdeer, Great Blue Herons, Red-winged Blackbirds, Fox Sparrows, Meadowlarks, Sapsuckers, Phoebes, and Tree Swallows return north.
  • Woodcocks return and perform courtship flights. It's a great family activity to see (late March - early April). The parking lot at Beach 11 and other open areas at the east end of Presque Isle are good spots to find woodcock.
  • Crows and Mourning Doves begin nesting.
  • Goldfinches begin to molt into their brilliant yellow plumage (mid to late March). Finches start to become active at Nyjer (thistle) feeders as they molt. Make sure your seed is fresh.
  • Bald Eagles and Screech Owls are sitting on eggs. Great Horned Owl chicks hatch this month.
  • Clean out nest boxes and begin to monitor them at the end of the month. Bluebirds and Chickadees may start building nests early April.
  • Woodchucks are awake and active.
  • Chipmunks emerge from their burrows on warm days to forage for food.
  • Hibernating butterflies emerge on warm days - Mourning Cloak, Comma, Red Admiral, and others.