July Nature Happenings:
NABA National Butterfly count.
Hummingbird Moths, often mistaken for “baby hummingbirds," show up at plants.
Highbush Cranberry and Viburnum start producing fruit and will continue until December.
First brood of immature hummingbirds begin to show up at nectar feeders early in the month.
Cicadas start calling early in the month.
Thistle plants begin to seed; goldfinches gather thistledown for nesting material.
Mallards and Wood Ducks molt into "eclipse" plumage and are unable to fly for several weeks.
Fall migration starts this month with returning shorebirds.
Blackbirds begin to flock and appear at feeders.
Listen for the feeding screeches of young Barred and Great Horned Owls.
Look for hummingbirds feeding on Trumpet Creeper and Jewelweed flowers.
Delta Aquarids Meteor shower peaks in late-July.