During field trip season, I am typically stationed inside the museum, and I was this morning, but then, extra help was needed for the nature walks this afternoon. Sooooo... off I went into Field Guide mode with about 20 local sixth graders(including my own!) along for the walk with their teachers. I explained to the group that I do lead bird walks here at the museum regularly, so this walk would be "heavy on the birds". No wind, lots of sunshine and no math tests (sorry math teachers) made for a nice walk where the goal was to get some hands-on nature, as opposed to "please do not touch". We did see and hear some birds along the way, but I feel their favorite part was when we finally reached Cape Cod Bay, they had space to spread out, feel the sand between their toes and the ocean on their ankles, the salt air in their noses and see the ocean hues, which are so very pretty, there are no names for the colors. Thanks Mattacheese Middle School! Happy almost summer kids & teachers! Teachers... thank YOU for all you do! It is so often a thankless job and I hope you thoroughly enjoy your summer vacation! (double click photos to enlarge)
Green Heron (!!!)
Great Black-backed Gull
Greenhead fly trap on the marsh
Two nest boxes on the marsh
Meadow & marsh
Gulls - Great Black-backed, Herring & Laughing
Group of periwinkles
Single periwinkle snail
"Wishing Rock" or "Friendship Rock" (rocks are not my specialty,
but this one was really cool, and the line in it went straight through, all the way around.
Rock that looked like a tool
Recently deceased Horseshoe Crab (pretty stinky!!!)
Happy Birding young Bird Nerds!