Friday, July 31, 2015

7.31.15 - Bird Walks - Camp Wingate*Kirkland - Yarmouthport, MA

Another walk at this fantastic camp!  The first hour we spent playing Food Chain Tag with the daycampers.  I think they enjoyed it, kids LOVE tag!  Besides, it's great getting that energy out and at the same time, maybe they're thinking of the lesson I do my best to infuse in it.  We picked to "predators" who had to tag their "prey".   Each "prey" had either a healthy token (yellow bottle cap) or a toxic token (red or orange bottle cap).  The predators could pursue their prey until they'd accumulated 3 toxic tokens.  This game is used to explain bioaccumulation and how pesticides, even in small amounts, eventually add up and have the potential for long lasting damage upon animals in the food chain.  

Healthy & "Toxic" tokens in Food Chain Tag

On to another bird walk for the next group and we were able to explore some trails that I hadn't yet.  We had a surprise visit from a Gray Catbird too, who seemed to be figuring out how dangerous we were or were not.  As soon as I raised my camera to snap a photo s/he backed off, but I was able to get a few great shots of her/him.  I'm guessing a juvenile, given the proximity to us!  It was fun to watch & listen to!  (double click photos to enlarge)

Our List:
Song Sparrow
Common Grackle
Grey Catbird
Tufted Titmouse
Northern Cardinal
American Crow
American Robin
Black-capped Chickadee
Northern Flicker

Found bird from "Put A Bird On It"

Song Sparrow foraging in the field

Song Sparrow

Gray Catbird

Common Grackle & American Robin

American Robins & Common Grackle

Common Grackle

Tufted Titmouse - juvenile

Tufted Titmouse - juvenile

Happy Birding Camp W*K!

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