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May Happenings

Seasonal Update

May is such an exciting bird month! It starts with the arrivals of Baltimore Orioles and Ruby-throated Hummingbirds. Mid-month, an influx of warbler species reach our area. Other migratory birds continue to arrive or pass through our area all month long. Nature continues to green and the first flowers bloom. What else is happening in May?

For years, Minnesota naturalist and author Jim Gilbert recorded seasonal happenings in his phenology reports. Looking back at these reports, we can make educated guesses at what we can expect in the month ahead. Take a look at our archive of Jim Gilbert’s Phenology reports.

And make sure to pick up our May/June Bird’s-Eye Newsletter. In this 30th Anniversary issue, you’ll learn about birds’ anatomical terms, tips for orioles and hummingbirds, and where to go birding (beyond your backyard) in the Twin Cities Metro Area. It also includes our Seasonal Notes. 

Current Newsletter

Phenology Archives

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Backyard birding


Getting Started

Getting Started

Start here for some great resources to help you succeed.

Attract Species

Attract Species

Persuade desired bird species to frequent your backyard.



Time-tested tips & tricks to discourage unwelcome pests.

MN Bird Guide

MN Bird Guide

Identify and keep track of Minnesota’s backyard birds.

Seasonal Tips


Activities to keep your backyard booming year-round.