Our school is located next to the beautiful Boise River and today we took advantage of this great location to look for birds.
With the help of Mrs. Forderhase and other volunteers, we walked to a marshland that is situated behind the Natatorium. There we observed
Red-Winged Blackbirds who were establishing their territory by flying from reed to reed announcing to females that their's was the best home choice.
There were also Mallards and some Mourning Doves. Then we walked closer to the river, but the water is so high and moving so fast, that there not
many waterfowl to be seen. We did spy some more Mallards on the shoreline and one group spotted a Downy Woodpecker in a Cottonwood tree.
As we walked back to school by the golf course, one group of students counted 23 Canada Geese feeding. Song Sparrows could also be heard (but not seen) in
a tangle of wild roses. In about an hour's time, our class saw approximately 140 birds!