May Nature Notes

May 7: Full Moon, May 22: New Moon

May 9th is International Migratory Bird Day.

Hummingbirds and Orioles return at the beginning of May!

Warbler migration peaks in early May. Nearly 30 species will migrate through our area!

Sub-adult Purple Martins return to establish new colonies early in the month.

Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, Nighthawks, Thrushes (Wood, Hermit, and Veery), Flycatchers, Scarlet Tanagers, Catbirds, Vireos, House Wrens, Chimney Swifts, and more return!

This is the peak of bird courtship. Listen for the incredible morning chorus. Learn who is singing with a bird song ID CD.

Nesting materials are being collected by many bird species.

Chickadees and Titmice become scarce at feeders as they nest and raise their young.

Spring wildflowers include Painted Trillium, Wood Anemone, Jack-in-the-pulpit, Foamflower, Fairy Bells, Wild Strawberry, Foget-me-nots, Bluebells, Dwarf Ginseng, and more.

Catalpa, Black Locust, Tulip, Cherry, Buckeye, Apple, and Lilac trees all in bloom.

Spring Peepers continue to call. Fowlers Toads and Green Frogs begin calling in late May.

Early May butterflies include Mourning Cloaks, Red Admirals, American Painted Ladies, and Spring Azures. Later in May, look for American Coppers, Tiger Swallowtails, Black Swallowtails, and even some early Monarchs.

Luna and Cercropia moths emerge in late May.

Fawns, beaver kits, and skunk litters are born.

Great Horned Owl chicks fledge.

Peregrine Falcon chicks hatch.