Our second 'twitchathon' started off on a very chilly Melbourne morning! We had a small but dedicated team of budding ornithologists today from a 5 month old baby to a very keen 7 year old 'twitcher'! They all helped and did a fantastic job ticking birds off our list and adding to it as well! First off we learnt how to use our binoculars, then we were off to explore two different habitat types in the coastal heathland then to rock pools on the beach.
The birds we ticked off our list included Eastern Spinebill, Little Wattlebird, White-browed Scrubwren, Silvereyes and Brown Thornbills. We did some call playback so the children could learn the call of the Silvereye, then heard them calling back to us - this also brought them in closer so we could get a look at them.
We were on the trail of a cheeky fox for a little while, finding footprints in the sand and scats along the tracks, he remained elusive, but the kids were intrigued to know that foxes (unfortunately!) roamed the area!
We then made it down to the beach where the kids learnt the difference between a Silver Gull and a Pacific Gull, and saw some lovely Little Pied Cormorants perched on the rocky shelf.
We then completed the session by finding a little birds nest that had been abandoned on the ground - this gave us inspiration to create our own nests and make a bird feeder too.
One of the children made a love heart shape with his bird feeder and said "that's how I feel about birds". Couldn't of said it better myself!
Next session is at Jell's Park in Wheelers Hill on Tuesday 7 July, we will be exploring the world of bushland and wetland birds, should be a good one! Email to book in or find out more: mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org