Nature Happenings



  • February is National Bird Feeding Month

  • Watch for Evening Grosbeaks eating black oil sunflower seeds at tray feeders

  • Watch for Ruby-crowned Kinglets and flickers at suet feeders
  • Time to consider putting up a new bird house or clean your existing ones.
  • Red-shafted Northern Flickers, our largest woodpecker, begin drilling holes for spring nesting. Put up a "flicker" specific nest box.

  • Bluebirds are searching for nesting cavities or nest boxes. Put up bluebird boxes for Mountain and Western Bluebirds that are looking for suitable nest sites.

  • Insects and berries can be scarce; offer mealworms, dried fruit, sunflower chips and more.

  • Scrub-Jays begin to nest late in the month.

  • American Goldfinches begin to molt into their brighter plumage.

  • Owls are the earliest nesters after beginning courtship in December and January. Listen for their nightly courtship serenades.
  • Watch for hawks carrying sticks to refurbish an old nesting site.