Thursday, July 30, 2015

7.30.15 - Cape Cod Museum Of Natural History - KidSummer - Birding 101
Brewster, MA

I had seen earlier in the week that today was supposed to be a scorcher, so I thought we'd take a break from too long a bird walk - often it's not a great time to see birds when it's this hot outside.  They're seeking shelter from dehydration and overheating as well for their own survival.  A visit to Bird Alley in the museum was in order, where the KidSummer Kids sketched several birds.  We have access to the exhibits before the public for about 30 minutes, so why not take advantage of that?  I LOVE children's artwork.  I am fascinated by it's purity and I love watching the process.  Please see their bird illustrations below, one of which, I was given as a gift to keep!  SO thoughtful!   We also visited the Marshview Room and checked out the honey bees and the new mural in the upper level hallway.  They're getting really good at identifying bird species!  We also visited the Naturescape Gallery, where we admired amazing photography, as well as the spectacular swordfish mural, by James Prosek.

On our walk we visited the wildflower garden and were able to spot a few species doing their best to beat the heat.  The bird of the day...a Belted Kingfisher!  We only had a brief sighting, but exciting it WAS!
(double click photos to enlarge)

Our List:
House Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Song Sparrow
Blue Jay
Gray Catbird
Common Grackle
Black-capped Chickadee
Red-winged Blackbird
American Robin
Mourning Dove
Belted Kingfisher (Bird Of The Day!!!)
Herring Gull
Barn Swallow

Sketching in Bird Alley

Laughing Gull

Long-eared Owl

Sketching a Dovekie

Black-crowned Night Heron


Black-crowned Night Heron

Hairy Woodpecker

Green Heron

Mourning Dove

Northern Cardinal

Look at this gallery!!!

American Goldfinch - I get to keep this one!


Red-winged Blackbird - male (mites? molting?)

Blue Jay - juvenile

Red-winged Blackbird - female

Red-winged Blackbird - female

Red-winged Blackbird - female (silhouette) & Northern Cardinal - male

Enjoying the magic of the Marshview Room

Wood Frog

Eastern Box Turtle

Admiring photography & James Prosek's Swordfish mural
in the Naturescape Gallery

American Robin - (silhouette)

Gray Catbird

Evidence of birds, droppings

Gray Catbird

Happy Birding KidSummer Kids!

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