Grace Jordan Elementary

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Budding scientists

September 1, 2017 - 9:25am -- ianneely

This week the 6th graders have been learning how to be observant scientists.  We've been seeing many birds by our feeders and at first it was difficult for the students to contain their excitement.  Naturally this would scare the birds away so we have been studying how good scientists make observations.  The students have become much more patient and calm around the feeders, which has allowed them to sit much closer to the feeders and create sketches of the birds as they visit.  Overall the students seem excited to start the program and learn more about birds.

Where have all the birds gone?

April 7, 2017 - 7:55am -- ianneely

Ever since coming back from Spring Break we have not seen very many birds at Grace jordan.  Our feeders are full and we've been watching each recess, but with no luck.  The students have hypothesized that the birds have been scared off due to the stinky trees nearby.  These Bradford Pear Trees do have a strong odor.  The squirrels have not been scared off though, they've been  trying to jump from the Bradford Pear Trees to the feeders.  They've had more luck with the ground feeder though.  We will keep watching vigilantly and awaiting the return of our beloved finches and sparrows.  

Report by Marissa and Ryhanna

March 24, 2017 - 1:05pm -- ianneely

Yesterday Mrs. Coffman taught us the different types of bird nests.  There are many types of nests, such as cup, cavity, man-made, burrow, and many more.  We also made bird feeders and ot bird seed to take home.  The next time Mrs. Coffman comes we will tell her about the birds we will see and she wil even bring a special guest.  We can't wait to see who it is!

February Mourning Doves

March 2, 2017 - 8:25am -- ianneely

February was the month of the Mourning Dove for Grace Jordan.  We were able to see so many of these beautiful birds at the ground feeder this month.  Even when the ground was still covered in snow they would visit our school.  Students were amazed that they seemed completely unfazed by the squirrels who would sit right in the ground feeder as they searched for seeds nearby.  We hope to see more Mourning Doves in the future, they are a calm and peaceful bird to watch.


What we've seen this school year


Species Count Disposition Date and Time Link

American Goldfinch (Carduelis tristis)
4 Feeder 01/11/2018 - 12:00pm Details

American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)
3 Feeder 01/11/2018 - 9:30am Details

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
8 Feeder 12/20/2017 - 9:45am Details

American Goldfinch (Carduelis tristis)
1 Feeder 12/14/2017 - 11:00am Details

Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus)
1 Feeder 12/14/2017 - 11:00am Details

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
6 Ground 12/12/2017 - 9:45am Details

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
18 Feeder 12/11/2017 - 11:00am Details

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
2 Feeder 12/11/2017 - 11:00am Details

Red Crossbill (Loxia curvirostra)
1 Feeder 12/06/2017 - 11:00am Details

Pine Siskin (Carduelis pinus)
1 Feeder 12/06/2017 - 10:45am Details


Ian Neely, Grade 6
Boise, Idaho USA


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