Sunday, April 13, 2008

Saturday Birding at Lake Monticello

My wife and spent some time Saturday doing a little bird watching with a friend and her 4 year old daughter. She really loves watching birds and has turned into a little 'birder'. We decided to ask her and her mother to come with us to Lake Monticello to see the birds.

We saw several species of birds. We saw many Starlings feeding by the lake when we first arrived. We had to sneak up on them to get a better view. I showed them a few techniques I use to get up close on birds. We used the surrounding trees to shield us so the birds didn't get a glimpse of us.

After seeing the Starlings, we looked out in the lake and saw a group of Coots swimming. We also saw these two Green Head Mallards swimming around. We saw several other species including a Belted Kingfisher, Mockingbird, and Turkey Vultures.

All in all, it was a great trip, mostly because we had a future birder with us. It was definitely exciting to see how excited she got every time a bird flew over. We finished the afternoon off by coming over to our house where she got to see the Woodpeckers and Cardinals in our backyard.

Good Birding and God Bless!


Shellmo said...

How wonderful of you to introduce a child to birding! I am hoping to pass the same legacy on to my stepson and nephews.

Larry said...

It's really great when you have an aspiring birder along. The fact that a girl is only four and already fascinated by birds is priceless!

J. Karl Clampit said...

Shellmo, I have been excited to say the least!

Larry, I have been surprised at how much she has taken to birding! It has been great. My wife and I got her a little set of binoculars to start using.

Anonymous said...

How wonderful of you to introduce a child to birding!Great work..

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