Nature Happenings - April
Project FeederWatch ends this month, www.birds.cornell.edu/pfw
- 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
Mammals• 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
Amphibians• Pine barrens treefrogs begin calling.
Reptiles• Most Florida snakes begin mating rituals.
• Beginning of Sea Turtle nesting season on Florida beaches.
• Alligators begin moving about, seeking new territories and mates
Fish• Largemouth Bass move into shallow water in Lake Talquin.
• The cobia migration is in full swing in the Panhandle
Insects• Plant extra parsley for black swallowtail butterfly larvae to eat.
Plants• Blooming wildflowers and pitcher plants blanket the wet savannahs of the Apalachicola National Forest