|Maura at the spotting scope|
The headquarters and visitor's center was actually not a bad stop in and of itself. I was able to hear a lot of warblers (Wilson's, Yellow, and Common Yellowthroat) and flycatchers (Willow, and Western Wood-Peewee) from the center, Maura spent her time at the spotting scope, and Declan was fascinated with the nests built by Cliff and Barn Swallows in the eaves. Parents were bringing deliveries of food to the baby swallows, which had him totally jazzed.
Bre was the 'staff photographer' this time, and we took turns corralling the kids while we walked, although the two of them were pretty content to talk about Yu-Gi-Oh as we went. Not all of the kids on the walk were so content, however, and we even passed one mom telling her kids, "You made Father's Day bad for your Dad, and I'm very disappointed." Ugh! Not today, but Bre and I agreed that, at our worst, we've been there. Doing things that you want to do with kids who don't want to do what you want to do can be a challenge! Figuring out how to cajole kids into trying new things is one of the biggest battles for parents.
|My happy walkers|
|Sora and Cinnamon Teal here|
Further along, the kids conked out a little short of the end of the boardwalk. I went ahead to the end, and watched this Caspian Tern diving for food. Bre had the camera with her, and got a few shots of it - even the kids thought it was pretty cool!
|Hooded Merganser and young|
|Maura learns about warblers|