Flock Around the Block

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Flock Around the Block is the Ward Museum’s series of in-person, interactive bird walks for children of all ages and their families, which will take place at various parks throughout Salisbury, MD. With each month featuring a new theme and “Bird of the Month”, students will engage in a variety of bird-centered activities, learn the tips and tricks of bird identification, and participate in an official bird count. Join us as we dive into the world of birding and connect with our feathered friends living right in our own neighborhoods!

Flock Around the Block meets on the first, second, and third Saturdays of each month between March and October from 10:00 – 11:00am. Meet museum educators at Salisbury City Park on the first Saturday of every month, Pemberton Historical Park on the second Saturday, and here at the Ward Museum on the third Saturday.

All walks at all locations will follow recommended COVID-19 safety measures, and we ask all participants to wear masks and social distance when possible. See below for our Flock Around the Block schedule and addresses for each location:

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Bird of the Month: Great Crested Flycatcher

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Identification: The Great Crested Flycatcher is larger than an Eastern Bluebird but smaller than an American Robin. They have a brown furrowed mohawk that separates from the rest of their grayish head. Their back is brown. The wings have white highlights with flashes of a rusty red, but their lemon-yellow belly gives a pop of color. 

Food: Insects, such as flies, moths, butterflies, katydids, tree crickets, and beetles – hence the name flycatcher! Aside from the wide variety, Great Crested Flycatchers also eat fruits and the occasional small lizard.

Range: The Great Crested Flycatcher breeds in central and eastern North America and southern Canada. For the winter, they migrate south to central and south Florida, eastern Mexico, Central America, and in the uppermost countries of south America. However, due to the warm climate of southern Florida, they may reside year round.

Did you know, Great Crested Flycatchers weave shed snakeskin into their nest? Birds are commonly known to take materials like straw, dry grass, feathers, leaves, twigs, cotton, and small thin plastics, but the Great Crested Flycatcher are one of the only birds to use shed snakeskin and onion skins to also build their nests! Also unique to the flycatcher, they will eat small fruits whole as opposed to picking at them. They then will regurgitate any pit eaten, sometimes several at a time!

This program is funded in part by the Chesapeake Bay Trust, and has been funded in part by the United States Environmental Protection Agency under assistance agreement CB96341401 to the Chesapeake Bay Trust. The contents of this Program do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of the Environmental Protection Agency, nor does the Environmental Protection Agency endorse trade names or recommend the use of commercial products mentioned in this Video.