Another great Sunday bird walk! 12 campers joined in this morning as we wandered down to the waterfront, along the shore to Hoyts Pt. and back up through the farm fields. A bit of a foggy start broke into a sunny morning. The woods and fields are quieter than earlier in the summer but we still made some fine sightings and heard calls of birds that we had to search for. Song sparrows are singing on the other side of Montsweag, and the Wood pee-wees are still around. Its safe to say that our highlight was a great close-up view of a Pileated woodpecker on a tree and several good flights as it moved across the fields and through the woods. Its hard not to be impressed by their size! All the boys had a view and then we checked out the Peterson guide to compare with the other woodpeckers. An interesting discussion followed as we looked at similarities between Pileated and Ivory-billed woodpeckers and talked about extinction. The barn swallows are finishing up their broods in the barn and we’re taking guesses on whether they will leave before the end of camp. The tree swallows in the area have already joined in large flocks and are headed out for points south! Friday we had a bird walk and did some banding for the nature activity block. It was a bit slow, but we did net and band two Northern Waterthrushes which was quite exciting! The boys narrowed down the identification from sparrows to the warblers pretty quickly with very little help from me! Nuthatches, goldfinches, and robins were also caught. Though we heard many Cedar waxwings, none were taken in the nets….they were too busy feeding on the numerous ripening cherries all around camp! Our next bird walk will require a bit more patience and observation skills to find the quieter less obvious birds, and perhaps those that are already gathering to head south.