Saturday, July 21, 2007

Build a bird workshop

This isn’t a ramble. Once a year Georgia Graves and I help Sue Andersson of the Jekyll Island Club Summer programs. Georgia has developed a wonderful game called Build a Bird. I met Georgia at Coastal Encounter Nature Center. She was the teacher and I had started leading bird tours for them. She asked me to show the children how to use scopes and binoculars then take the children out to locate a few birds. It is an honor to work with her. She really connects with the children. She has every child engaged in what make a bird a bird.
Today we had around twenty children. We all had a great time learning about birds. They saw vultures, Wood Storks, Great Egrets, Little Blue Heron and Laughing Gulls. We had Blue Jays responding to the identifiers. Barn Swallows and Chimney Swifts did fly by for the kids. But the topper was an Osprey that soared right over our head. Enjoy the photos.
A little bird news for Sterling Blanchard: there is a pair of Gray Kingbirds on the mainland at Lanier Plaza. He also saw around 17 Least Tern and 2 Wilson’s Plover at the south end of Jekyll.
Next Ramble is Sunday July 22; I for one can not wait!
Good Birding

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