May Nature Happenings

Dee Dee

  • May 4: New Moon
  • May 18: Full Moon
  • View the Current Moon Phase below.
  • Ruby-throated Hummingbirds and Baltimore Orioles return early in the month.
  • Black fly season begins.
  • Indigo Buntings, Gray Catbirds, and Scarlet Tanagers return.
  • Courtship activities begin for Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Ruby-throated Hummingbirds, and Baltimore Orioles.
  • Chickadees, titmice, nuthatches, juncos, cardinals, Blue Jays and Downy Woodpecker begin nest-building and egg-laying activities.
  • Peak of warbler migration. Watch for the possibility of Pine Warblers at your birdfeeder.
  • Broad-winged and Sharp-shinned Hawk migration at its peak early in month.
  • Watch for an early brood of fledgling Mourning Doves.
  • Pink Lady Slippers, Painted Trillium, and Bunchberry are in bloom.
  • Northern Mockingbirds can be heard singing through the night into early summer.
  • Painted and Snapping Turtles are moving to dry land to lay their eggs; look for them crossing roads.
  • Peak of bird courtship. Listen for the morning chorus.
  • In early morning or just at dusk, listen for the flute-like songs of the Wood Thrush or Hermit Thrush.
  • Native sparrows continue to migrate through yards.

Print this page and hang it on your fridge to refer to all month long!


Current Moon Phase