Another summer, another KidSummer Season! Our first day together is largely about getting to know one another and it was a hot hot day to be outside in the the sunshine…it is my favorite weather though. Nature camp is ABOUT being outside, which is why I love doing it! We have a lot of goals this week, and a bird walk each day is definitely on the menu. We snuck a short one in today, and I’m hoping these bird nerds in training come back tomorrow morning with some bird sightings. I asked them each to keep an eye out for birds on the way home from the museum, in their yard and also on the way to the museum tomorrow morning. I’m anxious to hear their reports!
As KidSummer Kids check in each morning, I will have them playing a game of bird concentration, and once we’re all together, we’ll head out to the first activities of the day. One of the topics that arose today was how we humans are out of the food chain... at lease that was what I said. I burst out LAUGHING when one of the KidSummer Kids said, "No. We are STILL in the food chain." I asked him what he meant, what did he mean...? He answered, "What about the mosquitoes and these green head flies?!" Yep. He DID have a point! I DIED LAUGHING!!! Spot on.
As for our bird walk, we never know what we’ll see and hear, and we had some decent success today, though the tide was coming in, and there’s a full moon tomorrow, so I didn’t necessarily want to send them all home with muddy feet on day one of our birdy week together! Looking forward to seeing them tomorrow! (double click photos to enlarge)Our List:
Osprey House Sparrow Northern Cardinal Black-capped Chickadee Tufted Titmouse American Goldfinch European Starling Tree Swallow Barn Swallow Gray Catbird Blue Jay
Concentration with bird cards
Learning to use bird guides
Feather... from out of nowhere...a magical moment
House Sparrow - male
How long will it take for certain materials to
decompose? Sadly, some never do, like plastic.
We could hear a Black-cazpped chickadee
Bird Nerds with Birdoculars
European Starlings, flocking
American Goldfinch - male
Too bad I couldn't casually have asked
him to look toward me...
Poison Ivy - good to know so you can beware
Another found feather!
One KidSummer kid asked who/what made
these very round little holes on this rock