After the rains, there were a LOT of bugs our looking to buzz around us and bite us, so we took shelter from that in our home base room and set off painting. This group was intent on using bold colors and bright happy images - see their hard work below. I mentioned some tips about how best to keep a nest box healthy for birds. We also talked about who else might use the nest box and that sometimes, they're simply a great shelter in inclement weather. A nest box may not only be a great shelter for a bird's beginnings, but it could possibly save their life later when seeking a safe place if needed from predators and/or bad weather.
Our bird walk was on the Lee Baldwin trail, south of 6A, and the lookout platform is a bird nerd favorite. We had sightings here, there and everywhere! New species that these KidSummer Kids hadn't experienced yet, and they seemed awfully excited about remembering species that we had seen and heard. We compared the Eastern Phoebe to the Eastern Kingbird, and birds were flying right over head. I showed them the Bird Nerd Salute and we got a great picture of that as well. When we returned to the museum, there was a small flock of Barn Swallows swooping over the picnic area and over and in front of the museum! Quite a show! (double click images to enlarge)
Painting is fun and messy
Bright beautiful nest boxes
One of the KidSummer Kids pointed out this great shelter in the thicket.
Eastern Phoebe - juvenile
Red-winged Blackbird momma & pestering juvenile
Red-winged Blackbird - juvenile
MOM! I'm HUNGRY!
Mom does not seem interested in feeding this mouth anymore...
Comparing the Eastern Phoebe & the Eastern Kingbird
Silhouettes are a GREAT way to test your bird ID skills...
Bird Nerd Salute!