Monday, July 30, 2018

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

KidSummer Day Camp is something I look forward to every summer, because when I'm working with 7-12 year old Bird Nerds, magic always happens.  I'm excited to meet them, because they have so much to offer.  They take in the world differently, not only because of their age, but also due to their size.  Kids experience life uniquely, and what a gift it is to be able to learn from them as well.  Plus, they have sharp eyes and often see things before I do.  We all win, the birds included.

Magic did happen pretty quickly.  As they were constructing their birdoculars, we went around our circle to introduce ourselves and I asked them to choose a species of bird to mention, allowing no repeats.  Soon after the American Goldfinch was mentioned, a male American Goldfinch showed up with a GLORY!  He announced his presence and continued to hang out with us, graciously long enough for me to snap a few photos.  Pretty cool!  

Our bird walk was fantastic as well with several species showing up, allowing for some wonderful views in the summer heat.  The bird nerds were great!  The birds were beautiful and we have four more days together to see and hear what we'll see and hear.  My favorite quote of the morning: "Blue Jays are like the police of the forest." 
I can't wait to hear more of what these bird nerds come up with as we work together. (double click photos to enlarge)

Our List:
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow
Black-capped Chickadee
Yellow Warbler
Herring Gull
Red-winged Blackbird
Blue Jay
Barn Swallow
Eastern Towhee
Song Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Gray Catbird
Downy Woodpecker
American Robin
Tern (Common?)
American Crow
Mystery Hawk

Bird memory game

Testing out their birdoculars

American Goldfinch - male

American Goldfinch - male
He matches the blossoms!

Checking the bird nerd wingspans
Yellow Warbler

Yellow Warbler

Yellow Warbler - camouflaged with the shape of the leaves

Osprey family, receiving flight instructions

Spotting a Black-capped Chickadee

Pointing out poison ivy so we can avoid it!

Found feathers
House Sparrow - female

House Sparrow - female

Red-winged Blackbird

The Osprey family was out and about!

Checking out the Osprey nest & family while crossing the salt marsh

Birdoculars in action
Sea Lavender on the saltmarsh

Dragonfly posing - the young sharp eyes of the bird nerds spotted this one

And this one - Eastern Kingbird

Song Sparrow

Showing the bird nerds what an Eastern Towhee looks like

Showing what an Eastern Towhee looks like

Comparing Wild Turkeys to Peacocks

A woodsy walk with bird nerds is always a good time

Orchard Oriole - female

Orchard Oriole - female

Orchard Oriole - female

Osprey flight lessons

Osprey - this photo reminds me of when young artists draw birds flying in the background
of their illustrations.  I love the shape of the birds as they are soaring!

Osprey RIGHT OVER OUR HEADS on the marsh!

Happy Birding!

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