Friday, August 15, 2014

8.15.14 - Birding 101 - KidSummer - Cape Cod Museum of Natural History
Lee Baldwin Trail - Brewster, MA

On our last morning together of Birding 101 I wanted to spend as much time as possible outside.  Two and a half hours zips by pretty quickly when you're looking for birds!  We went over the birdwatching tips we discussed on our first morning together, remembering how behavior is one of the very best ways to identify a specific species.  Off we went with bird behavior check lists on clip boards and our binoculars...
What a MORNING!  If you know any of these young ladies, be sure to ask for them to tell you the story of two Eastern Kingbirds who paid us a much closer visit than we ever could have planned or even possibly IMAGINED!  I look forward to hearing from these official Bird Nerds in the future as they add to their life lists... 
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Our List:
Gray Catbird
Eastern Kingbird
Northern Cardinal
American Crow
Song Sparrow
House Sparrows
American Goldfinch
Red-winged Blackbird
Mourning Dove
Cedar Waxwing (!!!)
Eastern Phoebe
Tree Swallow

Empty Great Horned Owl nest
                            Northern Cardinal (male) with a molting or mite issue ...
Recording bird behaviors on the trail

American Crow

Song Sparrow

Learning about Cedar Waxwings in the field guide - we saw one!

Eastern Phoebe

Look at the railing on the right for the Eastern Phoebe...
patiently and quietly, we approached...

Now the Phoebe's on the left railing...
Look how close we got!!!

Turkey Tail fungus
 Bird Nerd Salute!
Thank you to the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History for supporting KidSummer's new course, Birding 101!  What a memorable summer and don't forget...
it's COOL to be a Bird Nerd!

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