Grace Jordan Elementary

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Winter Birding

November 30, 2017 - 11:09am -- ianneely

This week Mrs. Coffman came to Grace Jordan to teach the 6th graders about bird watching in the winter.  She described the 15 most common birds that we might see during this season.  The students used identification techniques that they have learned this year to make predictions.  For example, they looked at the shape of the beak to determine what the bird might eat and use that information to guess if it was a finch, sparrow, woodpecker, or in another category.  The students were engaged and excited when they were able to correctly identify the pictures.  We continue to see lots of finches and sparrows at Grace Jordan but we are hopeful that we will get to see some of the interesting species that Mrs. Coffman shared with us.  

IBO Field Trip

October 20, 2017 - 9:54am -- ianneely

On Wednesday the 6th graders were able to go to the Boise River to catch and release some wild birds.  The ornithologists there were extremely knowledgable and the kids were engaged in the entire process.  It was a little windy so we were only able to catch a few song sparrows and a quail.  The kids were also tasked with organizing some data that the scientists had captured using camera traps.  All in all it was a fantastic field trip!

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.  


What we've seen this school year


Species Count Disposition Date and Time Link

Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)
2 Feeder 02/09/2018 - 8:45am Details

American Goldfinch (Carduelis tristis)
8 Feeder 02/09/2018 - 8:45am Details

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
9 Feeder 02/09/2018 - 8:45am Details

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
8 Feeder 02/06/2018 - 2:00pm Details

Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)
3 Feeder 01/31/2018 - 3:45pm Details

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
6 Feeder 01/24/2018 - 11:15am Details

American Goldfinch (Carduelis tristis)
1 Feeder 01/24/2018 - 11:15am Details

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
5 Feeder 01/19/2018 - 1:00pm Details

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
1 Feeder 01/19/2018 - 10:30am Details

American Goldfinch (Carduelis tristis)
4 Feeder 01/18/2018 - 2:00pm Details


Ian Neely, Grade 6
Boise, Idaho USA


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