We have lots of birds visiting the feeders and the game cameras continue to snap pictures every 5 minutes. Students have started to learn to identify birds common to borah both visually and by sound in preparation for analyzing the game cam pictures and conducting the bird census counts in the spring. The average number of birds students could identify visually on the pretest that included 37 birds was 10.9! The average number of birds students could identify by song was 4.5.
We had one male house finch visit the ground feeder that appeared to have conjunctivitis. The bird was acting funny at the feeder and moving slower than others. When we went out to check, he sat on the limb of a nearby shrub and let us give within a couple of feet of him. The eye toward us was closed. As a result, we cleaned the feeder to try to prevent the spread of the infection.
Borah students will start to add bird sightings from the game cam pictures sometime before springbreak and will start to enter the sightings into the B3 database.