April Nature Happenings - Great Lakes region

  • Project FeederWatch ends this month, www.birds.cornell.edu/pfw
  • Early April migrants include the Eastern Phoebe, Eastern Towhee, Fox Sparrow, Snipe and Tree Swallow.
  • Late April migrants include the Brown Thrasher, Pine Warbler, Palm Warbler, American Bittern, Chimney Swift, Chipping Sparrow, Barn Swallow and Caspian Tern.
  • Great Horned Owls have their young.
  • Hummingbirds and Orioles arrive late April/early May. Be sure to have their feeders ready.
  • The Common Loon finishes its northward migration by the end of April. Some late migrants arrive in May.
  • Purple Martins (scouts) begin to arrive in mid-April.
  • Purple Martins return by middle of the month. Be sure to have their houses ready.
  • Cardinals begin nesting.
  • White-throated Sparrows begin calling.
  • Woodcocks continue their "sky dance" courtship flights.
  • Bluebirds are nesting by end of the month. Be sure to have their houses ready.
  • Lyrids meteor shower, late-April.
  • Earth Day, April 22.