Having the Cape Cod Museum Of Natural History to ourselves for a little while is worthy of taking advantage of! We hung out in Bird Alley choosing different species of birds to sketch & color. We had conversations about the different species and habitats in which the birds we were interested in lived, and what they ate. There are even some bird-built nests preserved in bird alley so you are able to compare the size of the bird, to the size of the nest. The rounded out space that is left in order to protect the egg is typically about the size of the bird who built its breast. That way, the eggs are completely covered and intentionally protected by the parent(s) from harm. An alarming statistic about wild bird eggs: of the eggs laid by all species of birds, only 5% live to breeding age. That's hard to deal with, at least for me. So - one of the main reasons I LOVE that folks, children in particular, are interested in birds, is hopefully to impart peace for the birds. Admire them, respect them, help if / when needed in moderation, and you will be protecting them.
We did make it to the beach, and I'll tell ya... I truly HATED to say, "Sorry bird nerds... I gotta get you back for pick up time!" That was a drag. It was an absolutely perfect day, and to be torn away from Cape Cod Bay... slightly torturous. They did not complain though - so good!
These bird nerds absorb so much during the week we have together and I'm able to test what they retain right away on a bird walk. They can now name certain species just by their familiar call (Black-capped Chickadee, American Crow, Song Sparrow, Osprey, American Goldfinch, Gray Catbird) and I like to believe they'll keep learning new songs and calls. I heard back from the parents & grandparents of some of the bird nerds and I've heard stories about GIANT heavy field guides being dragged to the beach - HAPPILY & WILLINGLY by an 8 year old boy! Also - each and every bird nerd from this week felt compelled to visit book stores, each choosing a bird field guide they liked best. Happy tears... How awesome is THAT?! I'm so proud of them!
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Great Black-backed Gull
Working on an Osprey sketch
Inside the Inflatable Gray Whale!
Talking with Susan about whales & birds
Northern Cardinal - male
Northern Cardinal - female
Identifying birds on the new mural in the museum
Great Black-backed Gull
Terns & gulls
The bird nerds brought their own guides - their idea!
It took a minute to acclimate to the water.
This youngster flew RIGHT at us!
Birds, Bird Nerds & Beach...brought to you
by the letter "B".
Don't miss the gull flying right behind them...
None of us wanted to leave Cape Cod Bay...
Trooper! It was a quick tiring walk from the beach to the museum,
but we DID it! Back in time!
Happy Birding KidSummer Kids!