Monday, July 18, 2016

7.18.16  KidSummer Day Camp - Cape Cod Museum of Natural History
Brewster, MA

Another summer, another KidSummer Season!  Our first day together is largely about getting to know one another and it was a hot hot day to be outside in the the sunshine…it is my favorite weather though.  Nature camp is ABOUT being outside, which is why I love doing it!   We have a lot of goals this week, and a bird walk each day is definitely on the menu.  We snuck a short one in today, and I’m hoping these bird nerds in training come back tomorrow morning with some bird sightings.  I asked them each to keep an eye out for birds on the way home from the museum, in their yard and also on the way to the museum tomorrow morning.  I’m anxious to hear their reports!

As KidSummer Kids check in each morning, I will have them playing a game of bird concentration, and once we’re all together, we’ll head out to the first activities of the day. One of the topics that arose today was how we humans are out of the food chain... at lease that was what I said.  I burst out LAUGHING when one of the KidSummer Kids said, "No.  We are STILL in the food chain."  I asked him what he meant, what did he mean...?  He answered, "What about the mosquitoes and these green head flies?!"  Yep.  He DID have a point!  I DIED LAUGHING!!!  Spot on. 

As for our bird walk, we never know what we’ll see and hear, and we had some decent success today, though the tide was coming in, and there’s a full moon tomorrow, so I didn’t necessarily want to send them all home with muddy feet on day one of our birdy week together!   Looking forward to seeing them tomorrow! (double click photos to enlarge)Our List:
Osprey                                                                                                                                                       House  Sparrow                                                                                                                                     Northern Cardinal                                                                                                                                   Black-capped Chickadee                                                                                                                     Tufted Titmouse                                                                                                                                       American Goldfinch                                                                                                                               European Starling                                                                                                                                   Tree Swallow                                                                                                                                           Barn Swallow                                                                                                                                           Gray Catbird                                                                                                                                             Blue Jay

Concentration with bird cards

Learning to use bird guides

Feather... from out of nowhere...a magical moment

House Sparrow - male

How long will it take for certain materials to 
decompose?   Sadly, some never do, like plastic.

We could hear a Black-cazpped chickadee

Bird Nerds with Birdoculars

European Starlings, flocking

American Goldfinch - male
Too bad I couldn't casually have asked 
him to look toward me...

Poison Ivy - good to know so you can beware

Another found feather!

Lousy photo of a Blue Jay's butt

One KidSummer kid asked who/what made 
these very round little holes on this rock

Happy Birding!

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