Thursday, July 17, was a beautifully cool morning at SGG. I decided to take my 2yr. and 9-month old granddaughter, Cora, to SGG and introduce her to the delights of the garden. She played with the giant bubbles, dug in the dirt, meditated on the koi, chased juvenile Blue Jays and Brown Thrashers in the meadow, and, of course, smelled the roses.
My joy in birding is only equaled by introducing the delights of nature to my granddaughter. I also appreciate her sharp, young eyes as she often spots birds before I do. If you would like to bird with a young one, I can recommend a pair of binoculars that I bought for Cora, and they have been perfect for her. They are called GeoSafari Jr. Kidnoculars. They are made of durable plastic, have a 3X magnification and no moving parts. She and I have had a lot of fun birding with these.
SGG continues to be a big playing and learning area for many juvenile birds. Find a human juvenile and join the fun with him or her!
I have been writing about the birds I have seen at SGG for several years now, but not all of these birds are at SGG all the time. Ann, SGG’s new Director, asked me if I could tell you what birds you could find at what time of year. I decided to make a list of the birds I have seen at SGG the past three years and what season of the year I saw them. This may help you to know what you may have seen but couldn’t identify.
SGG’s Year-Round Birds:
Great Blue Heron (Flying)
Black Vulture (Flying)
Turkey Vulture (Flying)
SGG’s Summer Birds:
Chimney Swift (Flying)
Eastern Wood Pewee
SGG’s Winter Birds:
SGG’s Spring & Fall Regulars:
Sandhill Crane (Flying)
Rose-breasted Grosbeak (At the Feeders)
As you can see, the longest list is the year-round one, so go birding anytime at SGG!
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