Nature Happenings

  • In early May Ruby-throated Hummingbirds and Baltimore Orioles return
  • Flycatchers such as Eastern Phoebe Great Crested Flycatcher and Eastern Wood-Pewees return early thru early to mid May
  • Sedge and Marsh Wrens, Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, Thrush (Hermit, Swainson's, Wood and  Veery's) and Chimney Swifts return return from winter their habitats.
  • In early to mid-May, vireos and cuckoos return from their winter habitats.
  • Nighthawks return. They are not hawks, but members of the nightjar family. They are common in cities and around streetlights 'hawking' for insects.
  • Lilacs reach full bloom.
  • Peak of warbler migration varies between May 6 to 18.
  • Adult Purple Martins return to establish colonies early in month.
  • Peak of bird courtship. Listen for the morning chorus..
  • The year's first fireflies can be seen.
  • Chickadees and titmice become scarce at feeders as they nest and raise their young.
  • Eta Aquarids meteor shower is early-May.
  • International Migratory Bird Day is mid-May.