Watch For This Month!

Nature Happenings

  • Painted Buntings, Orchard and Baltimore Orioles begin to arrive.

  • Young are born in nursery colonies of bats.

  • The Dawn Chorus begins. Be sure to listen for the early morning natural serenade.

  • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Butterflies fly May-September, two flights.

  • Red-headed Woodpeckers nesting. Downy and Hairy Woodpeckers are incubating.

  • Chickadees, titmice, nuthatches are incubating and are less likely to be at feeders.

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

  • House Wrens return. They may come in late April (earlier in south) if spring is warm.

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

  • Nesting materials are being collected.

  • Eta Aquarids meteor shower is early-May.

  • International Migratory Bird Day is mid-May.


Painted Bunting

Baltimore Oriole (female)

Baltimore Oriole (male)

Orchard Oriole (female)


Orchard Oriole (male)

Colony of "Indiana" bats

 Eastern Tiger Swallowtail


Red-headed Woodpecker                             Downy Woodpecker                         Hairy Woodpecker


Black-capped Chickadee                                Tufted Titmouse                      White-breasted Nuthatch

Rose-breasted Grosbeak



Chimney Swift

 House Wren

Purple Martins

 Nesting Material 

May 14, 2022