What's Happening in Nature in Summer?

• Except for goldfinches and late bluebirds, bird breeding and nesting season ends in July.

• Mallards and Wood Ducks molt into their "eclipse" plumage and are unable to fly for several weeks.

• Watch local ponds for immature herons and bitterns.

• Fall shorebird migration begins (July).

• First brood of immature hummingbirds begin to show up at nectar feeders early in July. Second brood begins to appear early- to mid-August.

• Keep your feeders and bird baths clean and your seed fresh through hot months.

• Barn Swallow fall migration begins.

• Delta Aquarids Meteor shower peaks in late-July.

• Purple Martins begin heading south (adults by the start of August, juveniles by the end of August).

• Chimney Swifts can be seen in large flocks over chimneys at dusk.

• Migration begins for Ospreys and raptors.

• Early warblers (Cape May, Tennessee, Magnolia, Blackburnian) are migrate southward.

• The peak of Ruby-throated Hummingbird fall migration is mid-August.

• Carolina Chickadees begin forming pairs (protracted during non-breedng season).

• Perseids Meteor shower is mid-month.