Council High School

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Christmas for the Birds!

December 27, 2017 - 7:07am -- Kris Stone

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 “sick” feeder made out of lace and embroidry thread! 

November and Early December Observations

December 9, 2017 - 6:47am -- Kris Stone

Council high students spent a couple of days observing bids at the feeder and on the Weiser River Trail in November. However, due to weather and observing late in the  afternoon, few birds were seen. The first observation in December was more productive. Students observed several species: American goldfinch, black-capped chickadees, house sparrows, northern flicker, and a rough-legged hawk!

September/October Observations

October 31, 2017 - 10:49am -- Kris Stone

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 juncos and it was another sunny and warm day!

Bird Observations Week 3

September 14, 2017 - 5:36pm -- Kris Stone

Ten students observed birds today in the Community Garden at two separate times (3:05-3:20 and 3:25-3:40).  Students observed and identified 3 species: American Goldfinch, California quail, and Black-capped Chickadees.  Here are some of the students’ comments today:  

  • I thought that it was interesting that some American Goldfinches stayed at the feeders, even though we were close.”

  • What I found interesting was how many birds there were.

  • They were pretty.

  • I found it interesting that the birds are out in the wind instead of the trees.

  • I found out they travel in packs.

  • American Goldfinch ate of the feeder and the quail ate off the ground.

  • I like how they go in groups.”


What we've seen this school year


Val Armichardy, Grade 11
Council, Idaho USA


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