Friday, September 19, 2014

Our First Nature Hike

This morning we rode in the school van to the lake in town for their first nature hike and birding trip.  First, we drove around the lake to see if we could find a Great Blue Heron and we did!  It was right by the shore and it flew by us.

Then we got out of the van and we hiked around the lake.  We saw turtles, grasshoppers, a spider, ants, a squirrel and lots of birds.  The teacher talked to us about how it is still summer for a few more days.  We looked at the trees and noticed that they were mostly green, but some were changing color and some leaves were falling.
We didn’t each see all of the birds that were there, but here are some:  Killdeer, Eurasian Collared-Doves, Mourning Doves, Red-tailed Hawk, Swainson’s Hawk, Red-headed Woodpecker, Wood Duck, Northern Flicker, Downy Woodpecker, American Robin, Blue Jay, European Starlings, Chimney Swifts, Barn Swallows, and some sparrows that were too fast for us to see well.

Then we hiked through the “spooky forest” and it was fun!  One girl said, “This is the forest?  I’m not going in there!  There are wolves in a forest!”  Later a child said in a mysterious voice, “Where is Teacher taking us?”  They ended up liking the short hike through the spooky forest.

They were very excited to ride in the school van!
Flowers for Mommy!

They loved the bridge!

Most children tend to be very interested in nature.

We hiked through the spooky forest! 

The Kindergarten Birders
Great Blue Heron {photo taken a few weeks ago}.  It is as tall as a k-kid.
Meet Maynard, the young Wood Duck, who seems to have been left behind.

I've noticed that many townspeople love to check out these turtles.

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