Nature Happenings

  • New Moon:  December 8; Full Moon:  December 22
  • Project FeederWatch continues, www.birds.cornell.edu/pfw
  • Christmas Bird Count is this month, birds.audubon.org/christmas-bird-count
  • Raptor migration is essentially over by mid-month.
  • Bald Eagles arrive from the North and nest-building begins.
  • Great Horned Owls are pairing up this month – listen for their "who" calls.
  • 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.
  • Fox and Gray Squirrels' mating seasons.
  • Watch for Sharp-shinned and Cooper’s Hawks feeding on birds in your backyard throughout the winter.
  • Geminid Meteor Shower is mid-month.