Nature Happenings

  • Peregrine Falcons begin courtship.
  • Ospreys return and begin readying their nests near water.
  • Purple Martins return to nest in gourds or solitary nest boxes.
    House Wrens return to use nest boxes.
  • Evening Grosbeaks return to bird feeding stations for sunflower seed treats.
  • Migratory departures - Snow Geese, American Widgeon, Surf Scoter, Dunlin, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Gold-crowned Sparrow.
  • Migratory arrivals - Western Tanager, Black-headed Grosbeak, Bullock’s Oriole, Vaux's Swift, flycatchers, Western Wood-Pewee, Swainson’s Thrush and Yellow Warbler.
  • Penstemon, a favorite flower of hummingbirds, butterflies and bees, blooms.
  • Black Cottonwoods shed their cottony seeds on breezy days, keep an eye out for Bullock's Oriole nest in the limbs.
  • Western Tiger Swallowtail butterflies visit flowers.
  • Turquoise-colored male Lazuli Buntings sing while rich brown females incubate eggs.
  • Eta Aquarids meteor shower is early-May.
  • Mothers Day & World Migratory Bird Day is May 8th.