Wednesday, February 21, 2018

2.21.18   Flax Pond Day Camp - February school vacation
South Yarmouth, MA

Why not add a bird walk to a day camp experience!?  That's what I get to do with the Town Of Yarmouth Park & Recreation Department at Flax Pond during school vacation week!  The weather was a little raw, so we bundled up, the kids seemed enthusiastic about their birdoculars that I made for them and off we went!  I pointed out the wonderful habitat that surrounds you wherever you are when you're on the Flax Pond property.  The trails are an easy trek and there is evidence of birds wherever you turn.  This time of year you can see leftover nests from last year's breeding season.  There were holes manufactured by woodpeckers of all types, as well as many made by insects.  We tend to hear and see mostly Downy Woodpeckers, Hairy Woodpeckers, Red-bellied Woodpecker and Northern Flickers in these woods.  The woods were quiet today though...

Being out in nature and learning about the local trails and woods that these children get to grow up near is so important and they seemed to thoroughly enjoy our hike.  As we were getting closer to the end of the trail, we did get to see and hear Black-capped Chickadees & Tufted Titmouse...and to my surprise - we got to see a Bufflehead male crusing along, all by himself, right on Flax Pond!  It was quite a treat!

Our List:
Black-capped Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse

The small whitish dot in the bottom of the photo is actually a
Bufflehead male - a lucky find!  It's a first time seen
bird for these kiddos!

Making great use of their birdoculars

Beetle and bird damage on a piece of fallen Pitch Pine bark

Happy Birding young Bird Nerds!

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