Backyard Almanac: July Brings Butterflies and Thunderstorms
Larry Weber is looking forward to the thunderstorms, the butterflies, and everything else that a July day brings.
The month begins with early morning stargazing - or planet gazing. Through the first week of July, the alignment of the planets will still be visible in the eastern and southern skies in the 4 o'clock hour.
As the day brightens, fledglings will become more present in the skies. Most birds with young can often be seen in familial groups. Also flying about are butterflies - move over dragonflies, July is the butterflies' month.
An afternoon trail walk might yield some berries. Strawberries lead the way, already ripening. Elderberries, juneberries, raspberries and blueberries will become more prevalent as the month progresses.
Some familiar sounds of summer close out the day. Calls from frogs in the swamps will reach a swell in the twilight hours, and July nights wouldn't be complete without the frequent rumble of thunder.