Birding with Children on Global Big Day

Alister Patterson & Reagan Passantino holding their certificates and stuffed birds.

Seabrook Island Birders (SIB) celebrated Global Big Day, on Saturday May 8th, with a walk for our youth at Palmetto Lake on Seabrook Island. We recruited 13-year old SIB member Reagan Passantino to assist leaders Judy Morr and Nancy Brown.

One child, 4-year old Alister Patterson joined the event along with his father and Nana. Alister was a keen birder, already recognizing most of the backyard species we found. He was especially intrigued when we opened one of the Eastern Bluebird boxes to reveal several week-old babies.

SIB created a Scavenger BINGO Card to use during the walk. If you have young children visiting Seabrook Island this summer (or even at other locations in the country), you may want to print it out and challenge them to try to identify as many options as possible. Another great resource for children is the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s BirdSleuth Explorer’s Guidebook.

At the end of the walk, both Reagan and Alister were awarded SIB’s Global Big Day Certificate of Participation and a singing bird, Reagan a Red-tailed Hawk and Alister a Northern Cardinal. What a fun way to spend an afternoon, helping children learn about the natural world around us!

Below is the list of 28 species seen during the walk:

Eurasian Collared-Dove  2
Mourning Dove  1
Laughing Gull  4
Anhinga  1
Great Blue Heron  1
Great Egret  1
Little Blue Heron  1
Green Heron  2
Black Vulture  2
Turkey Vulture  1
Mississippi Kite  2
Great Crested Flycatcher  2
Blue Jay  1
American Crow  1
Carolina Chickadee  1
Tufted Titmouse  4
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  2
Tree Swallow  2
Carolina Wren  1
Brown Thrasher  1
Northern Mockingbird  6
Eastern Bluebird  4     3 babies in box
House Finch  1
Red-winged Blackbird  6
Brown-headed Cowbird  1
Boat-tailed Grackle  6
Prairie Warbler  1
Northern Cardinal  3

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S87526836