May Nature Happenings

  • Black fly season begins
  • Indigo Buntings return.
  • Courtship activities begin for Rose-breasted Grosbeaks and Ruby-throated Hummingbirds.
  • Chickadees, Tufted Titmice, nuthatches, juncos, cardinals, Blue Jays and Downy Woodpecker begin their egg-laying activities.
  • Broad-winged and Sharp-shinned Hawk migration is at its peak early in month.
  • Pink Lady Slippers, Painted Trillium, and Bunchberry are in bloom.
  • Northern Mockingbirds can be heard singing through the night into early summer.
  • Moose calves are born late this month and into June.
  • Gray Catbirds arrive.
  • Painted and Snapping Turtles are moving to dry land to lay their eggs; look for them crossing roads.
  • Baltimore Orioles return early this month.
  • Global Big Day May 4.
  • Eta Aquarids meteor shower is in the early pre-dawn hours May 5.
  • World Migratory Bird Day is May 11.