December Nature Happenings

  • Christmas Bird Count is this month, birds.audubon.org/christmas-bird-count
  • Sumac, Bittersweet, Poison Ivy and other berries remain throughout the winter, providing food for many species of birds.
  • Winter raptors may show up, including Snowy Owls and Northern Goshawks.
  • Chipmunks and raccoons hole up for the winter, but may reappear with mild winter weather.
  • Red-breasted Nuthatches, Pine Siskins, Common Redpolls and crossbills visit feeders now through March.
  • Eastern Monarch Butterflies finish reaching their central Mexican overwintering sites starting in late-December.
  • Bald Eagles arrive from the North to overwinter.
  • This is a great time to teach chickadees and titmice to feed from your hand.
  • Watch for late waterfowl migrants such as Northern Shovelers, mergansers, Ruddy Ducks and Common Goldeneyes.
  • Geminid Meteor Shower is mid-month.