Aug. 12 - 13: Perseids Meteor shower
Aug. 13: Full Moon, Aug 28: New Moon
Watch for Common Nighthawks hunting flying insects over open ground in the late afternoon light.
Many of our summer visitors have finished their nesting cycle and will begin their migration south.
Male Black-headed Grosbeaks will disappear from the landscape as they begin their southern migration; females and juveniles will follow in the coming weeks.
Bullock's Orioles, our summer visitors that love to chatter notes high and low, will begin to migrate south.
Day Lillies are in bloom.
Young loons learn to fly.
Yellow jackets make paper-like nests.
Hummingbirds are active at feeders and at flowers, sourcing protein from spiders and insects and sipping nectar for sugars.
Male hummingbirds start their southbound migration this month, averaging 20 miles a day to their wintering grounds in Central America and Mexico. Females head south later, with juveniles sticking around until early October.
Migration begins. Keep feeders full with fresh food for "stopover" migrants.
Pinon Jays, normally found exclusively in the pinon/juniper areas, gobble lots of seed at bird feeders.
Geese, ducks, cranes, etc. usually fly in 'V' formation. Theory is that all, but lead bird,
gain lift from wing-tipped vortices produced by lead bird.
American Goldfinches finish nesting late this month.