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Today was a very warm day. We saw a ton of House Finches. There was no other birds beside the House Finches. The were eating at the bird feeders, flying by, and perched on the trees. There was very little wind and it is was sunny. We did not expect much birds.

*December Post

In December we wrapped up the final edits of our bird essays.  The students worked hard to create a polished final product.  Each student researched a different bird and examined ways that it has adapted to be successful.  We also had a visit from Mrs. Coffman.  She talked to us about bird calls and songs.  The students were surprised to hear many familiar songs during her lesson.  They will use this knowledge to more accurately identify birds at our feeders.  Speaking of which, they are up and ready to go for the next month!

December News

We had an amazing visit from Mr. W and his friend Cori on December 1st. Cori shared a Great Horned Owl and a Swainson's Hawk with us. We learned a lot about the adaptations of raptors and got a close up look at the features of these birds of prey. They even inspired our classroom holiday door. When Mr. W returned, everyone made a pine cone bird feeder to hang up outside. Mr. W challenged students to keep a log of birds seen at the feeders over the break.

1st Grade Bird Walk! ...(Late Post)

Riverside first graders took a bird walk on the greenbelt on Dec. 20th!  It was COLD, but the students were so excited to get out of the classroom and look for birds.  We received more pairs of binoculars and everyone had a pair to observe birds! Thanks Ms. D.!!  We heard a Belted Kingfisher and then saw him!  We walked down to see the Mute Swans.  Students recognized geese, ducks, and song birds.  I was excited when they didn't know a specific bird they were happy to try and find it in their Idaho Field Guides.  We identified every bird we saw!  

We have also made a connection...

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Christmas for the Birds!

Council Expoloring Science students did their own “Christmas Bird Count on Thursday, December 14, 2017. They spent a class period counting and identifying bird along the Weiser River Trail. One group of students observed a great blue heron at the pond! Students also observed black-capped chickadees, California quail,and housesparrows.

A week later, students made 3 bird feeders to feed the birds at Christmas break. They made a deluxe feeder out of recycled plastic bottles, baling twine, and willow sticks; a pine cone feeder smeared with lard and rolled in bird seeds; and a thistle “...

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The Hawk

Hi! It's Grace, Paige, and Jane again! Just yesterday we had an exciting visit from a couple of quails and a hawk. We were in the middle of a lesson when we heard BANG! At first no one new what kind of birds they were and why three of them hit the window. We looked at the bird feeder and saw a big hawk. We had to determine what kind of hawk it was and we all agreed that is was the Copper's Hawk. Mr.Franz, our  teacher realised that they were quail. After that hawk, there were no birds in sight. In conclusion, our scientific hypothosis is that once the small birds saw the hawk, the left...

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Slim and Monte

Mr. Monte Tish came to Kuna with Slim the golden eagle last Tuesday and was a hit as always. The students were amazed at the size of Slim and the fact that when Slim was rescued they all thought she was a male because of how small she was. We also had a big treat the day before Monte and Slim came to see us. We were taking a walk around the school counting birds and there right in front us was a Cooper's Hawk sitting on the ground. We also saw Marilyn the Merlin last week. This is the fourth year in a row that she has come to spend the winter in Kuna. 

 

Archimedes, the Great Horned Owl

On December 14, Ms. Corrine, from the BLM, brought Archimedes, the Great Horned Owl, to our classroom.  It was so amazing to see such a beautiful, often camoflaged, bird so close up.  We noticed right away that he was missing an eye and Ms. Corrine told us it was because he had been hit by a car.  He has beautiful feathers and we learned that the long feathers that we've often thought of as "ear tufts" are actually called plumicorns!  It's our vocab word this week, we liked it so much!  Ms. Corrine talked to us about how owls are raptors or birds of prey and that they have a lot of...

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Billions of Quail at our Feeder

  On December 13, 2017 I was looking at our bird feeders and guess what I saw? I saw about 50 quails trying to force themselves into the center of all the quail to get some of our ground feed. It was an amazing sight. I was so excited to see the quails. I love quails, so I threw some ground feed into our garden and quickly shut the door so that  I wouldn’t scare them.  Then moments later more than half the quail were in the garden right in front of me. I was so happy I had a perfect view to take a picture.  So I took my iPad and took a picture. I hope you enjoy looking at the picture of...

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Mrs.Urban's Visit

Hi, this is Grace, Paige and Jane. On December 11th, we had a visit from Mrs. Urban. She presented how birds survive in the winter. One thing that keeps the birds warm is that all birds are endothermic, which means they maintain their tempature internally. Another way that most birds keep themself warm is puff up their feathers and then put one leg up to their feathers. Some people get alarmed when they see these "one legged birds". Another time when people get alarmed is when they see 10 legs instead of two! This happens because little babies want to get in their mom's fluff of the...

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