Monday, July 27, 2015

7.27.15 - Cape Cod Museum of Natural History - KidSummer Birding 101
Brewster, MA

Hooray!  I'm back at KidSummer with a new set of bird nerds ready to talk, listen & learn about all things feathery!  They constructed their birdoculars and out we went to explore, first through the museum, and then on a bird walk, when we were quickly immersed in our birdy world.  Once we reached the salt marsh - it was a new bird almost every minute.  We compared flapping wings to soaring on wings with one of my favorite exercises - see photos below.  We have much more to see and hear this week in Birding 101!  Can't wait! (double click photos below to enlarge)

Our List:
House Sparrow
White-breasted Nuthatch
Red-winged Blackbird
Song Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Common Grackle
Black-capped Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
Great Blue Heron
European Starling
Mourning Dove
Blue Jay
Barn Swallow
Herring Gull
Gray Catbird

Testing their own made birdoculars

House Sparrow - female

Focusing on flowers at first, perfecting the technique

Ant found on the flower

A quick preview of Bird Alley

Discovering/Revisiting the allure of the Marshview Room

House Sparrows & Red-winged Blackbird-male

Song Sparrow

White-breasted Nuthatch

Northern Cardinal - juvenile

How long does it take certain materials to decompose...if ever...?

Underside of a Blue Jay feather

Chipmunk condo

Wild Raspberries

Osprey family

Inspecting the edges of the Bulrush in bloom

Flapping 'wings' furiously!

Flapping is HARD work!

Soaring requires much less energy

Gray Catbird

Happy Birding KidSummer Kids!

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