Thursday, May 21, 2009

"There is not a spig of grass ....

...that shoots uninteresting to me." ~ Thomas Jefferson Warren and I were honored to lead a bird walk early this week along the The Saunders-Monticello Trail. The trail is part of Kemper Park - 89 acres of pure birding bliss with wetlands, native trees and a two acre pond- that ascends to the base of Jefferson's Monticello.

The walk was hosted by Keswick Hall and the Thomas Jefferson Foundation.

Cute Husband and I are huge fans of Keswick Hall and helped them create a bird list for the 600 acres that surrounds this over-the-top Inn and Estate. We are also big fans of their careful development and the Audubon Certified golf course!

This was BirdCouple's first introduction to the work of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation. The park and trails are maintained with private funding and the work of many nature loving volunteers. There is little doubt that Jefferson's passion for nature would have been inspired by the carefully planned trail that leads up to the new Visitor Center.
But it was way too bird-y at the base of the trail for our group to make it to the Visitor's Center on this walk.
Blackpoll warblers called, American Redstarts zipped along the trail, Brown Thrashers fed under the native trees, Scarlet Tanagers serenaded us...
Really nice birding at a really beautiful park.
But, wouldn't you know ... the best part of the day was the people we birded with...

Budding birder, Virginia and her two naturalist brothers joined us. Virginia found a Red-bellied Woodpecker who seemed to follow her around the park with its purring call.

We love, Love, LOVE showing another generation some birds!

And, it is always wonderful to meet children who are curious about the natural world and not afraid to get all-out-dirty in search of birds and....frogs, snakes and snails.

Thanks for sharing all that with BirdCouple on a beautiful morning!

We like to think Thomas Jefferson would have enjoyed the morning also...
"I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past"


Chris Petrak said...

I love the Jefferson quote you begin with - and that you have young birders coming along. When they get nipped by the birding bug, they become good fast - and very intensive. I love the energy & enthusiasm. Just wish there were more! Trouble is, eventually they have to go to school & then earn a living, unless they decide to be underpaid naturalists.

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