Scoping a Canada Goose

Scoping a Canada Goose

Blasts of springtime wind weren’t enough to dampen the enthusiasm of the Monkton After School Program students!  They were participating in a special event:  Let’s G.O.! – as in “Get Outside.” Each K-5th grader could choose 2 of the 3 offered activities:  bird watching, forest study and gardening. OCAS was pleased to be invited to lead the bird watching segment.  After instructions on the use of binoculars, the first birding group headed down the path from the school to Monkton Pond (Cedar Lake).  Most birds were sheltering under grass and brush, but the students were gleefully taking in the warm fresh air, combining birding with just plain outdoor fun.  Luckily, a Canada Goose flew low and close, giving good binocular looks to all.  Then he cooperatively rested in the grass long enough for everyone to look through the spotting scopes. Windblown Grackles clung to bare-branched saplings.  The second group of birders had soaring Turkey Vultures, and three foraging American Robins.  That group hiked all the way to the boat access – where 2 male Red-winged Blackbirds kon-ka-reed back and forth to each other and a Mallard pair bounced among the waves.

Our thanks go out to the Monkton After School Program for inviting us to participate.  The 4 Audubon members enjoyed the walks, and about 35 Monkton students had a grand start to their spring break.

– Carol Ramsayer

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