What's Happening in Nature in Spring??

• Hummingbirds arrive (Feb/March). Be sure to have their feeders ready.

• Goldfinches begin to molt into their brilliant yellow plumage.

• Bluebirds begin nesting by the end of the March. Be sure to have their houses ready, and begin monitoring them by the middle of the month (incubation 14 days; fledging in 18 days).

• Cardinals, Carolina Chickadees, Tufted Titmice, Crows and Blue Jays begin nesting in March. 

• Screech Owls are sitting on their eggs in March.

• The Sandhill Crane spring migratory population peaks during the first or second week of March.

• Osprey begin nesting in March.

• Barn Swallows arrive in March.

• Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks arrive in April at inland breeding sites.

• Spring migration brings the American Redstart, Ovenbird, Indigo Bunting, Baltimore and Orchard Oriole, Red-eyed Vireo early in the month and the Yellow Warbler, Rose-breasted and Blue Grosbeak later.

• Mature male Rose-breasted Grosbeaks arrive about three days before the females. First year males usually arrive last.

• Lyrids meteor shower, late-April.

• Earth Day, April 22.

• In May, chickadees and titmice can become scarce at feeders as they nest and raise their young.

• Bluebirds: first brood fledges, second nesting attempt begins in May.