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November Visit From Mrs. Hugo

Mrs. Hugo taught my students about habitats this month. She held a presentation, and then we took a walk around our school to determine various habitats near us. Afterwards, she passed our an aerial map of our school so students had a visual of the habitats. She even gave them an assignment over Thanksgiving break to draw a map of habitats around their homes. It was another awesome lesson!

Birds, Birds Birds!

We went to the MK nature center last week and played Fill The Bill with Sara. Children learned about the different kids of beaks, and how they work! This week while children watched the birds at the feeders they were able to idenity the different beaks each bird had. We're seeing lots of tweezer beaks and cracking beaks, but would like to see more sucking beaks (hummingbirds!). Maybe this Spring we can figure out a way to get some hummingbirds to us! 

Happy for Birders!

The nut hatch was constantly going to the feeder collecting one sunflower seed to stash it in a nearby tree. The gold finch was feeding at the finch seed feeder and stayed there until a car drove by. The mourning doves were also feeding on the ground feeder and actually flew on top of the water bath.

Owl pellets

Miss Vicky was in the classroom yesterday teaching about owls and owl pellets---perfect timing with Halloween! The kids got to see a live owl and dissect owl pellets. I'm having parent-teacher conferences today, and I've had several parents tell me how excited their kids were to bring home their baggies with bits of bones from the pellets. I've received several comments from parents about how much their kids enjoy all the birding activities!

Plenty of Birds Came with the Cooler Weather

Lake Ridge finally has plenty of birds visiting our feeders. We have lots a house finches, house sparrows, mourning doves, collared doves, and junkos. We also have to ration the food in our ground feeder to one scoop a day because we have several chickens from the neighbors who LOVE to visit our feeders and our pollinator garden. We have even made an identification chart for the chickens that visit our feeders. While they are not wild birds, their feeding behavior is fun to watch.

 

September/October Observations

Council 7th and 8th graders have continued to observe birds on Thursdays most weeks during September and October at both the feeders and along the Weiser River Trail.  Students did not observe Weeks 4 & 5 because their facilitator was gone. Week 6, students observed six American Goldfinches. The  day was cold and windy.  Week 7, students indentured California Quail and American Goldfinches and the weather was sunny and warm. Week 7 (last week), students identified 5 different species: American Goldfinches, American crows, black- capped chickadees, California Quail, and dark-eyed...

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Our First Gold Finch!!!!

We got our first Gold Finch in our garden. It was on our feeders then flew to a nearby tree and sat there for a good 5 minutes for us to observe. The Gold Finch also did some bird calls we heard cheep-cheep and also the ch-eee-p.

A New School Site and New Birding

The Village has moved!  Our school is now located on Fairview Avenue, a very busy traffic area.  We located our feeders on the side of our building opposite Winco.  But the new bird garden is landscaped with bark and new trees, shrubs and grasses that offer little cover or food.  So at the moment the birds have not yet noticed the feeder.  But the ground feeder has attracted a flock of mourning doves with occasional Eurasian collared doves.  

Owl Visit!

Riverside Firsties were visited by Ms. Vicky!  She brought a friend, the MK Nature Center's Burrowing Owl, Hoots!  The kids really loved seeing the bird and wrote an opinion piece of why they thought the Burrowing Owl was or wasn't the best owl.  I will use this as part of their writing evidence to support our new report card!   Also, our Donor's Choose Project was funded in 10 minutes!  We now have a class set of the little green "Idaho Birds" books!  My students look at them all the time and we have many activities where they use the books!  We also went on our first greenbelt river...

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Surprise Visitor!

On Friday, while Mr. Giibbons was visiting our class to teach a lesson, I saw an interesting thing!

A squirrel was balancing on the fence outside our window when a Red-Tailed Hawk suddenly appeared and tried to catch it! The squirrel  got away and the hawk sat on the fence for a few moments.

I was so proud that i didn't interrupt the lesson. I wrote down what I saw and told Ms. Wilson later. Another kids also saw it so we could indentify the hawk.

We told Mr. Gibbons about it later. I love watching what goes on outside our classroom windows!---Giddeon

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