Backyard Almanac: Convergence of Arrivals and Departures
In this unusually cool July, there are indications that summer has just arrived, while other signs suggest that it's already heading for the exit.
The days are getting noticeably shorter and a few of the birds are starting to prepare for migration. "The two most notable are tree swallows... and some shore birds," says Larry Weber. "And then we have just the opposite, we have goldfinches which have not yet nested." For its nest, the goldfinch requires thistle down, which has yet to bloom.
Tiny wood frogs are beginning to leave the swamp waters. Butterflies are still around - seeing ten different species is not unusual at this time. And the spiders are approaching their prime. Keep an eye out for webs, especially after foggy mornings.
With so many things coming and going, one element of summertime is definitely still in the future; berries. Weber reported spotting the first blueberry of the season yesterday. Raspberries are soon to follow.