This is a log of nature observations for my neighborhood south of West Junior High. Want to share your observations? See below. Or start your own nature notebook at home. Earlier Nature Notes are posted here.
- April 30–Spotted a heron in our neighborhood. Looks like this will be the 3rd year for them to nest here.
- April 30–Black locust trees are full of blossoms. Stand under one and smell the sweetness!
- April 26–Yards, sidewalks, and streets are filled with the “helicopter” seeds of maple trees, alsa called “keys” and “samaras”. Flowers from oak trees also abound.
- April 15–About an hour after sunset, one lone firefly is flashing
- April 12–White redbuds are blooming. Lilacs are close. Spotted some poison ivy, sigh….
- April 10–Max is seeing lots of “snow butterflies”, actually spring azures. This is a sign of spring.
- April 8–Heard first-of-year thrasher in the neighborhood. Their songs come in pairs. Listen here.
- April 6–For the first time ever, heard a frog in our neighborhood. At sunset, after an evening of rain. I think it was a western chorus frog.
- April 5–Our first real spring thunderstorm? Occurs soon after dawn. A couple cardinals keep singing through the storm.
- April 4–Redbuds are budding. Elm tree seeds are dangling. (See elm tree seeds and other tree seeds and flowers in this blog about neighborhood nature in Chicago.)
- April 4–Kevin spots butterflies in our backyard!
- April 2–Forsythia and vinca are in full bloom; the invasive Japanese honeysuckle is leafing out.
- April 1–Turkey vultures have been back for several days. Watch for them soaring, with wings in a V-shape. Some birders say it’s not spring until the vultures return.
Want to share your observations? Add a comment or e-mail me (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I will add to the log. Send first name, age (if you’d like), observation, and your location in relation to a public school.
Or, start your own nature notebook at home, with your family. Sometimes hard to keep at it, but lots of fun to look back at previous years to see if events are happening earlier or later. We got a big kick out of observing our first-of-year bat on the same day two years in a row.