Nature Happenings in the South East

  • Orioles return and begin nesting in the northern part of the region.
  • Canada Geese goslings and Black-bellied Whistling-Duck, Wood Duck and Mallard ducklings hatch and venture forth early in the month.
  • Peak of warbler migration away from the coast happens very early in the month.
  • Sub-adult Purple Martins return to establish new colonies early in the month.
  • Grassland species on territory (buntings, Blue Grosbeaks, Dickcissels, Northern Bobwhite)
  • Cedar Waxwings finally depart.
  • Yellow-billed Cuckoo are late to arrive and the first to leave; some individuals will spend less than a month at their breeding territory.
  • Chickadees and titmice become scarce at feeders as they nest and raise their young.
  • Bluebirds: first brood fledges, second nesting attempt begins.
  • Eta Aquarids meteor shower is early-May.
  • International Migratory Bird Day is mid-May.