Nature Happenings

  • NABA National Butterfly count.
  • Except for bluebirds, bird breeding and nesting season ends this month.
  • Mississippi Kites begin fledging their young.
  • 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 this month.
  • Blackbirds begin to flock and appear at feeders.
  • First brood of immature hummingbirds begin to show up at nectar feeders early in the month.
  • Hummingbirds begin staging south and start showing up more at feeders.
  • 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.

           American Wood Duck in Eclipse Plumage            Mallard (Drake) in Eclipse Plumage