Backyard Almanac: Wildflower Time
Chilly mornings, hot afternoons, rainy days, low precipitation levels - May has it all. Overnight temperatures have dipped into the 30s at times and daytime temps have already hit the 80s. Although it is the beginning of thunderstorm season, rainfall has been remarkably low. The first half of May has been under average for precipitation. April was under average to begin with too but ended up above average by the month's end.
Migration continues. Perhaps most notable are the warblers. "Warblers are fabulous in the northland," says Larry Weber. "We are one of the best places in the country to see a variety of warblers." There are twenty-six species that travel to and through the Northland in the spring. Hoping to see one? Now is the time. With the leaves still just budding the small birds are much easier to spot while they perch on branches.
And if there's one thing to do while you're outside this week, Weber is a big supporter of checking out the wildflowers. "The mosquitoes have still not made their appearance, so you can have a pleasant walk without having too many pesky six-legged critters around."