Friday, June 17, 2016

6.17.16 Nature/Bird Walk - Cape Cod Museuem of Natural History
Brewster, MA

During field trip season, I am typically stationed inside the museum, and I was this morning, but then, extra help was needed for the nature walks this afternoon.  Sooooo... off I went into Field Guide mode with about 20 local sixth graders(including my own!) along for the walk with their teachers.  I explained to the group that I do lead bird walks here at the museum regularly, so this walk would be "heavy on the birds".  No wind, lots of sunshine and no math tests (sorry math teachers) made for a nice walk where the goal was to get some hands-on nature, as opposed to "please do not touch".   We did see and hear some birds along the way, but I feel their favorite part was when we finally reached Cape Cod Bay, they had space to spread out, feel the sand between their toes and the ocean on their ankles, the salt air in their noses and see the ocean hues, which are so very pretty, there are no names for the colors.  Thanks Mattacheese Middle School!  Happy almost summer kids & teachers! Teachers... thank YOU for all you do!  It is so often a thankless job and I hope you thoroughly enjoy your summer vacation!  (double click photos to enlarge)

Our List:
Song Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Barn Swallow
Green Heron (!!!)
American Crow
Prairie Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Gray Catbird
Great Black-backed Gull
Herring Gull
Laughing Gull
Great Egret
Black-capped Chickadee
White-breasted Nuthatch

Greenhead fly trap on the marsh

Two nest boxes on the marsh

Poison Ivy

Poison Ivy

Meadow & marsh


Gulls - Great Black-backed, Herring & Laughing

Group of periwinkles

Single periwinkle snail

Great Egret

"Wishing Rock" or "Friendship Rock" (rocks are not my specialty, 
but this one was really cool, and the line in it went straight through, all the way around.

Crab claw

Rock that looked like a tool

Crab molts

Recently deceased Horseshoe Crab (pretty stinky!!!)


Happy Birding young Bird Nerds!

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