Monday, August 6, 2018

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

This morning I got to say "Hello!" and "Welcome" to a new flock of Bird Nerds.  There are some familiar faces in this group, which always makes me happy.  Our introductions typically happen after the bird memory game.  Its important, even in the age of technology, for bird nerds to be familiar with bird guides and different species of bird.  Yes, there are apps for your phone, some rave about them.  I really prefer the books.  You don't always have cell reception, there are times when you run out of power.  A great bird book is an excellent tool to have and they are fun to look at!

The weather this week has had us in a heat index warning, so we did head out for a quick bird walk, though there was not a lot of activity, even though it was morning.  I asked the bird nerds about that.  Why is it so quiet?  Where are all the birds?  "It's SUPER hot out here!", said one of the bird nerds.  It truly was and it was not a good plan to be out on our typical length bird walk, besides, the birds were hiding from the heat.  We did get some relief within the museum and as we took a few minutes to cool off, we snuck in a visit to the Marshview Room.  There were not the normal amount of customers there either though.  Dehydration is a true danger and the fact the birds were hiding from the heat, it was good to follow their lead.

We did get a quick tour of the Secret Trail and eventually mentioned both a bird they know, and a bird they'd like to see while we're all together.  Let's see how the week goes!  We had tremendous luck last week. (double click photos to enlarge)

Our List:
House Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Black-capped Chickdee
Northern Cardinal
American Goldfinch
Common (?) Tern
Herring Gull
American Robin
Mourning Dove
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle

Checking our wingspan

Smelling the Rosa Rugosa roses - SUCH a beautiful fragrance!

This mural is made for nature lovers, bird lovers in particular

Taking in the view of the Marshview Room

Binoculars meet birdoculars
SUPER power!


Looking for the queen

How long will trash last on earth

Black-capped Chickadee

Northern Cardinal - male
looking a bit scruffy.
This could be due to mites, or malnutrition

Take off!

Mourning Doves

Mourning Dove

Discovery on the saltmarsh

Poison Ivy - good to know what it looks like

Bird Nerds

Making use of their birdoculars

A buggy friend on the wrist

Fuzzy-looking caterpillar

Marks left by some insects

Happy Birding!

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