Nature Happenings

  • June is Perennial Garden Month & National Rivers Month

  • Sharp-Shinned Hawk eggs hatch and fledglings make their first flights after 23 – 27 days.

  • Purple Martin young fledge 28 – 35 days after hatching.

  • Many loons lay two eggs during the last week of June.

  • The Harlequin Ducks build nests along fast flowing streams, then incubate their eggs for 28 – 29 days.

  • Western Tanagers nest mid-month.

  • Little Brown and Hoary Bats give birth to their young.

  • Diminutive Daylilies and Bearded Iris in bloom.

  • The striking orange Columbia Lily blooms.

  • Young chickadees and Downy Woodpeckers follow their parents to suet feeders.

  • Thimbleberry ripens and packs a lot of raspberry flavor into a soft cuplike fruit.

  • The European forest plant, Wall Lettuce, blooms and releases its tiny parachutes.

  • Bird migration is finished. Birds that are here now are summer residents that nest.

Bellevue Botanical Gardens

Green-Duwamish River

Sharp-shinned Hawk nest

 Purple Martin Fledglings

 Common Loon on nest

Harlequin Duck Couple

 Western Tanager - Female

Western Tanager Nest

Western Tanager - Male

Bat & Baby

Dwarf Daylilies

Iris Field - WA

Columbia Lily

Chickadee feeding fledgling

Downy Woodpecker family


Wall Lettuce

Flocks of migrating birds