Boise, Idaho

 

BENDER'S BITES

 

Nature Happenings

• June is Perennial Garden Month & National Rivers Month
• Luna moths can be seen at night.
• Garter snakes are seen in yards.
• Viceroy, Fritillary and Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly mating seasons.
• Listen for the trilling sound of the male Broad-tailed Hummingbird's wings as it darts about in search of insects, nectar and females.
• Keep nectar feeders fresh and change sugar solutions every three days as the temperature rises.
• Many summer birds are not frequent feeder visitors but will seek out fresh water to beat the summer heat.
• In new open space, watch for Say's Phoebes, Western Kingbirds, shrikes and various flycatchers to search for flying insects and water to wash them down.
• Some cavity-dwelling species may attempt to start a second brood, so check your nest boxes to clean out sterile eggs, spiders, wasps or other debris and consider adding fresh cedar shavings.