Next gen. of birders, sweet.
On Thu, Mar 10, 2016 at 11:24 AM, Alison Wagner <[log in to unmask]>
> Dear Birders (celebrating migration),
> On Tuesday, while waiting at the bus stop for a seven-year-old friend, I
> heard a familiar sound coming from up the road. Once Levi got off the bus,
> we investigated:
> A: Put your stuff in the car, we’re going for a walk down the road.
> L: Where are we going?”
> A: To hear an orchestra.
> L: What’s an orchestra?
> A: A group of musicians working together to make beautiful music.
> At that point, he stopped walking down the road and just listened.
> L: BLACKBIRDS!?
> A: Where do you suppose we’ll find them?
> He knew just the spot, where a small stream ribbons its way through a
> young forest, near very wet woods. Sure enough, there they were!
> A: I’ll count them first and then keep the number to myself and you can
> count. Okay, I’ve got my number.
> I hand my bins to him.
> L: Wow! These are nice binocl’rs!...I can’t count that many!
> A: It is a lot. I counted 98...all males.
> The birds flew across the road in much better viewing conditions.
> A: Woah! One of them changed into a Starling!
> L: Okay, so there’s...97!
> We listened to their chatter and watched them eventually all fly off in
> smaller groups.
> A: You want to enter the data in your eBird account?...
> L: Okay.