May 27 2009
Things have been happening so fast this week that I missed Chuck Tague’s phenology for late May through early June that he published on Monday.
Both Chuck and I have been so busy drinking in what Nature has to offer that we easily slipped past mid-May without telling you what to look for.
So here’s a hint of what you’ll see and hear in late May through early June… about ten days late.
- Long days as we approach the summer solstice. Today is 14 hours, 45 minutes long. By June 15th we’ll have 15 hours and 3 minutes of daylight.
- Nesting! Everywhere birds are singing, courting, defending their territory, carrying nesting material, carrying food, feeding fledglings, warning of danger. At this time of year Canada Warblers jump out of the bushes and yell at me when I hike in the Laurel Highlands. Not to be missed!
- Flowers – especially long-tubed flowers that feed hummingbirds and butterflies.
- Fireflies, crickets and dragonflies.
- Baby bunnies, baby birds, babies of all kinds.
- and my personal favorite, fledgling peregrine falcons at the University of Pittsburgh.
Now is the best time to observe Nature and, frankly, I’d much rather be outdoors than at my computer. So I’m going out to enjoy it!