Nature happenings in July

  • NABA National Butterfly count.
  • Our longest days bring our highest average temperatures, and all those thunderstorms make for our second wettest month.
  • Rufous Hummingbirds visit mid-month on their southbound leg of the longest migration distance of any bird for its size.
  • Calliope Hummingbirds, our smallest bird in North America, also visit on their southern migration.
  • Black-chinned Hummingbirds spillover from the mountains and visit feeders.
  • American and Lesser Goldfinches are our last birds to nest, waiting for mature thistle plants to provide nesting material and food for their young.
  • Robins have finished nesting but will readily visit yards in search of worms and berries. Plant berry-producing shrubs or offer cherries, cranberries, raisins, grapes, or blueberries to help robins feed their young.
  • Delta Aquarids Meteor shower peaks in late July.
  • Full Moon - July 23rd
  • New Moon - July 9th