Friday, August 4, 2017

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

It's so great when the weather cooperates and we can just enjoy the outdoors.  I wanted to take our group to the southern side of Route 6A again to hang out on the platform looking and listening for birds.  We were not disappointed.  We also were able to identify a mystery bird species from the other day.  The mystery bird was a European Starling juvenile.  This is the time of year when you'll start to see SEVERAL juvenile species of bird.  It can be confusing because they so often do NOT look exactly like the adult yet.  There are all sorts of challenges when you're doing your best to be accurate with identification... practice is the best way, and a lot of time.

I was also looking forward to acting like tourists and getting to visit throughout the museum. Our enthusiastic group was THRILLED with the views from the Marshview Room.  I do call it the "best seat in the house."  What's fantastic about this particular spot is getting to view so many different species up close, so you can really appreciate both their similarities and differences.  I love it when Bird Nerds get excited to see a Blue Jay or a Northern Cardinal. They ARE so beautiful, and to hear the appreciation at the sight of them in the KidSummer Kids' voices... it makes my heart happy!

I will miss this flock of young Bird Nerds!  We do get attached as the week progresses!  I look forward to hearing about their own birdwatching adventures and sharing what they've learned with Bird Nerds everywhere! (double click photos to enlarge)

Our List:
American Goldfinch
European Starling
Red-winged Blackbird
Song Sparrow
Tree Swallow
Salt Marsh Sparrow
Mourning Dove
Blue Jay
American Robin
Gray Catbird
American Crow
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Cardinal
Black-capped Chickadee
House Sparrow

What is your wingspan?

...compared to a Great Blue Heron

Compared to an Osprey

How about a Black-capped Chickadee?

Red-winged Blackbirds and European Starlings

European Starling - juvenile

American Robin & Blue Jay - both juvenile

Blue Jay

Gray Catbird

Bird Nerd Salute!

Time to be tourists... we finally got in our museum visit

Red-winged Blackbird - female

Other sights in the Marshview Room

Song Sparrow

Blue Jay & Red-winged Blackbird - female

Mourning Dove & Blue Jay

Blue Jay & Northern Cardinal - male

Northern Cardinal - male

Blue Jays

Spotting the Queen Bee!

Queen Bee spotted! (the one with the blue dot)

The Large-mouthed Bass
I have to quote one of the young Bird Nerds
"Looks like he would spill secrets..."

Myrtle the Diamondback Terrapin... she is 26 years OLD!

Checking out the crabs

Shells can be fun when you're surrounded by

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