Saturday, May 3, 2014

5.2.14 - Bird Nerd Experience - Birdwatching For Beginners
Teaticket School - Falmouth, MA

Sharing my bird-nerdiness with kids is just one of the benefits of working at the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History in Brewster.  I was fortunate to be asked to visit four 3rd grade classes at the Teaticket Elementary school, thanks to Mrs.Dwyer.  The students were so wonderful and attentive and knowledgeable about birds... as I have learned, kids usually are.  I enjoy their insights and stories of birds so much, and I learn from them when they comment and share all sorts of feathery tales.  Bringing the classroom outside is the ultimate goal and the weather pulled through for us as it turned out to be spectacularly sunny.  I didn't have time to photograph the birds that we saw and heard when we were outside, although I know the teachers got some good photo opportunities!   I wanted to make a list of the birds we saw and heard.  Below I've shared a few photos of a Pine Warbler that was in my yard the day before.  Three of the four classes got a great look at a Pine Warbler, and EVERY class got to hear his beautiful song.  I want the students to be able to see what one looks like and to see the field marks we discussed if they have a chance to visit this blog.  Thanks so much to Mrs.Turner, Mrs.Moran, Mrs.Geist & especially Mrs.Dwyer, for asking me to visit Teaticket School.  I cannot wait to return!

(Click on photos to enlarge)

Seriously camouflaged

Note the dark beak and eyes and the two white wing bars. 
I'll be anxious to hear what the students' bird counts were to and from school!  Remember kiddos - it's not a competition, it's a collaboration, and it's GREAT Citizen Science!
Happy Birding!

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