Friday, August 10, 2018

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

It was nice to have those crazy storms behind us from Thursday, which ended up taking a bit of the humidity away, so the beach was the plan.  I knew we'd be racing the incoming high tide... but we did it anyway. What a bunch of tough Bird Nerds.  We were rewarded by birds over and over, especially once we arrived at the meadow.  We'd heard an Eastern Towhee, but I didn't honestly think we were going to get a private song show from him.  When he showed up, over our heads... he perched there for a few minutes.  It felt like he was singing JUST for us.  I was so proud of everyone!  Not only were they so quiet, but they were also just taking in the moment, and realizing that this was special.  It truly was.

We did reach the beach, which is a tease when all you want to do on a perfect summer day is run right in.  There were beachy treasures discovered and birds this way and that.  Most of all, we absorbed the sunshine, we felt the sand beneath our feet, the seabreeze kept us cool enough and the salt air reminded us of what a perfect spot Cape Cod Bay can be.  We were able to get a brief visit inside the aquarium in the museum as well, because I always get requests.  I will miss these Bird Nerds!  They were so enthusiastic and smart and they asked great questions and knew so many of the answers.  I'm confident they will continue admiring the birds, and I believe they'll pass along their knowledge and compassion for nature.  We need more Bird Nerds like these!  (double click photos to enlarge)

Our List:
American Crow
Song Sparrow
American Goldfinch
Northern Flicker
Carolina Wren
Cedar Waxwing
Gray Catbird
Eastern Towhee
Northern Flicker
Great Black-backed Gull
Laughing Gull
Mourning Dove
Yellow Warbler
Northern Mockingbird
Eastern Kingbird
Least Tern
Double-crested Cormorant
American Robin
Black-capped Chickadee

Eastern Kingbird

Sea of Lavender

Gray Catbird

We found a magic spot! 
Birds just kept showing up and announcing themselves...

Eastern Towhee - male
This guy was singing up a storm for us and
the Bird Nerds were SO QUIET so they could hear. 
It was an amazing moment.

Northern Flicker - you can see the golden-shafted
tail feathers showing off that bright yellow... just barely

Northern Flicker - male

Northern Flicker

Eastern Kingbird

We just kept seeing bird after bird after bird!

Laughing Gull

Yellow Warbler - male

Yellow Warbler - male

Song Sparrow striking a pose on a comfy limb

Eastern Kingbird

Eastern Kingbird checking US out

Eastern Kingbird

Eastern Kingbird

Great Black-backed Gulls & Herring Gulls, both mature and juvenile

Found mermaid purse

Cape Cod Bay charms them all

Taking in the scene

Enjoying the moment

Snail shell

Double-crested Cormorant

We can see you...

Song Sparrow

Butterflies on the Goldenrod

We ALL got our feet wet thanks to the tide!

The Osprey posing nicely on the nest

Song Sparrow bidding us farewell

Mezmerized by the jellies

Everyone loves the organism quiz board


Happy Birding Bird Nerds!

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