May Nature Happenings

  • Hummingbirds and orioles return at the beginning of the month.

  • Warbler migration peaks early in May. Nearly 30 species will migrate through the region.

  • Sub-adult Purple Martins return to establish new colonies early in the month.

  • Yearling Purple Martins (previous year's fledglings) arrive mid- to late-May.

  • Peak of warbler migration early to mid-month.

  • Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, nighthawks, Wood Thrushes, Veerys and Chimney Swifts return.

  • Peak of bird courtship. Listen for the morning chorus.

  • Nesting materials are being collected.

  • Chickadees and titmice become scarce at feeders as they nest and raise their young.