Nature Happenings - April

Project FeederWatch ends this month,

  • Whip-poor-wills arrive in the first half of the month.
  • Wintering sparrows begin to head north; the White-throated are usually the last to go.
  • Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks arrive at inland breeding sites.
  • Painted Buntings begin to arrive late in the month.
  • Spring migration brings the American Redstart, Ovenbird, Indigo Bunting, Baltimore and Orchard Oriole, Red-eyed Vireo early in the month and the Yellow Warbler, Rose-breasted and Blue Grosbeak later.
  • Mature male Rose-breasted Grosbeaks arrive about three days before the females. First year males usually arrive last.
  • Indigo Buntings arrive.
  • Lyrids meteor shower, late-April.
  • Earth Day, April 22.

From Our Friends at UF IFAS

  •  Birds

    • Sooty Turns take over Dry Tortugas for nesting.
    • Bobwhite quail nest now through September.
    • Migrant warblers concentrate on coasts after cold fronts.
    • Watch for hummingbirds feeding on blooms of columbine, buckeye, and others.
    • Grosbeaks, warblers, tanagers, orioles, and thrashers begin returning to North America


    • Black bears begin moving after winter's inactivity.
    • Long-tailed weasels, minks, and river otters will be born April through May.
    • Endangered Gray Bats return to Florida caves to raise young.
    • Manatees move up the Wakulla and St. Marks rivers


    • Pine barrens treefrogs begin calling.


    • Most Florida snakes begin mating rituals.
    • Beginning of Sea Turtle nesting season on Florida beaches.
    • Alligators begin moving about, seeking new territories and mates


    • Largemouth Bass move into shallow water in Lake Talquin.
    • The cobia migration is in full swing in the Panhandle


    • Plant extra parsley for black swallowtail butterfly larvae to eat.


    • Blooming wildflowers and pitcher plants blanket the wet savannahs of the Apalachicola National Forest