Tuesday, August 1, 2017

8.1.17 KidSummer Birding 101 - Cape Cod Museum of Natural History
Brewster, MA

Day two... and I'm already loving the questions and observations these Bird Nerds have about birds we're seeing and hearing when we're together, as well as birds they notice when they're out and about in the world!

Field marks are a terrific way to identify among bird species and when we come across the differences, it offers a moment to compare and discuss how some birds look alike and others do not.  We spoke about wing bars and shape and colors of bills (beaks) and whether or not a bird has a crest.  Sometimes all you have is a split second to identify a bird, so you need to notice as many things about it as you possibly can in the moment that bird allows while being seen.  

I was excited to bring them on a hike on the Lee Baldwin trail today to compare how things felt when we were walking across the hot marsh in the summer sun as opposed to the cool shade provided by the canopy of the beech forest as we moved deeper into the woods.  I want them to respect the trees as much as they do the birds.  I like to believe each Bird Nerd can identify Poison Ivy.  Knowledge is power when it comes to nature and as long as you know what to avoid, a walk in the woods should be an enjoyable nature-filled experience. Lucky for me, these Bird Nerds make it fun! (double click photos to enlarge)

Our List:
Red-winged Blackbird
Snowy Egret
Common Grackle
Mourning Dove
European Starling
American Crow
Least Sandpiper
Downy Woodpecker
Song Sparrow
Gray Catbird
Black-capped Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
Salt-marsh Sparrow
Belted Kingfisher
American Goldfinch

Heading out on the Lee Baldwin Trail

Snowy Egret

Common Grackle

Mourning Dove

Bird Nerds!

Least Sandpiper

Pointing out the Fiddler Crab

Least Sandpiper


Checking out the creek

Natural steps

Hiking on a bird walk through the Beech Forest

Notice the beetle damage in the trunk of this tree

Someone's home

Huge rock with successful plants finding a way to grow so well

Bird Nerd Salute!

Heart shaped leaf discovery

Fiddler Crab

Least Sandpipers

Working on bird information

Happy Birding young Bird Nerds!


  1. Wow Lee Baldwin trail looks so beautiful for a good hike, totally in love with that mourning dove. Great pictures,looks like everybody had fun studying mother nature closely and the bird study at the end is perfect.

  2. I like to have birds at home and i have a huge collection of different type. But thanks to you for giving another list which is very informative and new for me.