Nature Happenings

  • NABA National Butterfly count.
  • Cicadas start calling.
  • Watch local ponds for immature herons and bitterns.
  • First brood of immature hummingbirds begin to show up at nectar feeders early in the month.
  • Thistle plants begin to seed; goldfinches gather thistledown for nesting material.
  • Blackbirds begin to flock and appear at feeders.
  • Listen for the feeding screeches of young Barred and Great Horned Owls.
  • Shorebird migration starts.
  • Butterfly milkweed in bloom. Look for Monarch Butterfly adults, eggs and larva.
  • Look for hummingbirds feeding on Trumpet Creeper, Jewelweed and Cardinal flowers.
  • Delta Aquarids Meteor shower peaks in late-July.


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