Monday, August 3, 2015

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

Welcome new bird nerds!  I had some familiar faces in this group, which always makes for an adventurous week, because I get to test their knowledge and they can help me out when needed!  We briefly discussed some tips about how to be a better birdwatcher and we constructed our birdoculars for our walk.  We didn't have to get very far once we got outside before the birds were coming at us seemingly from every direction!  
An Eastern Kingbird was perched RIGHT over our heads when we started out!  I didn't dare tell them that last year we had an Eastern Kingbird divebomb one of the bird nerds at KidSummer last year...  a moment to REMEMBER!  We all cracked up about it right after.   I can't imagine any of us forgetting that!  
So - we were able to make it over the marsh, all the while admiring the swallows' acrobatics & flying so close by!  One of the KidSummer Kids mentioned that the swallows "looks like a bird in the circus!"  I couldn't agree more!  Looking forward to a full week full of many birds this Birding 101 KidSummer week! (double click photos to enlarge)

Our List:
Black-capped Chickadee
Eastern Kingbird
House Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
European Starling
Gray Catbird
American Robin
Barn Swallow
Red-winged Blackbird
Song Sparrow
American Goldfinch
Mourning Dove
Red-tailed Hawk 
Tufted Titmouse
Tree Swallow
Brown-headed Cowbird

Checking out Black-capped Chickadees with birdoculars

Eastern Kingbird - RIGHT above us!

Eastern Kingbird

Birdocular skills

House Sparrow - female

House Sparrow - male

Northern Cardinal - female (my camera focused on vegetation instead of her.  Rats.)

Eastern Kingbird - great silhouette!

Gray Catbirds

Pointing out Poison Ivy.  We don't like poison ivy...

Osprey silhouetttes

Red-winged Blackbird - female (tough to see, on nest box)

Some sort of debris (egg case?) on the marsh grass

Brown-headed Cowbirds

Happy Birding KidSummer Kids!

No comments:

Post a Comment