Day two... and I'm already loving the questions and observations these Bird Nerds have about birds we're seeing and hearing when we're together, as well as birds they notice when they're out and about in the world!
Field marks are a terrific way to identify among bird species and when we come across the differences, it offers a moment to compare and discuss how some birds look alike and others do not. We spoke about wing bars and shape and colors of bills (beaks) and whether or not a bird has a crest. Sometimes all you have is a split second to identify a bird, so you need to notice as many things about it as you possibly can in the moment that bird allows while being seen.
I was excited to bring them on a hike on the Lee Baldwin trail today to compare how things felt when we were walking across the hot marsh in the summer sun as opposed to the cool shade provided by the canopy of the beech forest as we moved deeper into the woods. I want them to respect the trees as much as they do the birds. I like to believe each Bird Nerd can identify Poison Ivy. Knowledge is power when it comes to nature and as long as you know what to avoid, a walk in the woods should be an enjoyable nature-filled experience. Lucky for me, these Bird Nerds make it fun! (double click photos to enlarge)
|Heading out on the Lee Baldwin Trail|
|Pointing out the Fiddler Crab|
|Checking out the creek|
|Hiking on a bird walk through the Beech Forest|
|Notice the beetle damage in the trunk of this tree|
|Huge rock with successful plants finding a way to grow so well|
|Bird Nerd Salute!|
|Heart shaped leaf discovery|
|Working on bird information|
Happy Birding young Bird Nerds!