Grace Jordan Elementary

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Mr. Ridenhour's Visit

January 27, 2017 - 4:48pm -- ianneely

This week Mr. Ridenhour came to our school and taught us about different places we can see birds.  He showed us his amazing collection of photos of birds he has found in his own backyard.  He has seen over 60 different species of birds!  Then he showed us how to make and use binoculars from toilet paper rolls and duct tape.  We practiced bringing the binoculars up to our eyes so that we can focus on birds.  It was a lot of fun!

Bird Calendar Project

November 30, 2016 - 1:16pm -- ianneely

This month we have been making a calendar for our parents.  We will be giving them to our parents for Christmas.  For every month we have a different bird and background.  For example, for October we have trees and an owl.  For April we have rain and bluebirds.  It's a great project!  Mr. and Mrs. Luque have been teaching us how to make our calendars once a week.  We can't wait to finish our calendars!

By Melissa

Bird Observation for November

November 7, 2016 - 10:39am -- ianneely

  Mr. Monte came over to our classroom and brought a golden eagle named Slim. He told us that slim as her sheek had a cover, and if he did not give her enough food, she will be alsmost dead. Then, people found her and gave to Mr. Monet for rehabilitating, she has been with him almost 28 years. She was named slim because when Mr. Monte saw her, she was so slim just before starving to death. He said, she thought he is her soul mate. Mr. Monte had her for very long time, he felf he married to her. Mr. Monte said that once her claws grabbed his arm twice. Two times a week, Slim flies away to catch some preys, and when he has a long pole, Slim flies back to him and lands on the edge of the pole. 

Posted by Ahmad

Bird Report for October - Grace Jordan

October 18, 2016 - 3:43pm -- ianneely

   In Mr. Neely's 4th grade class, we have three or four people out on every recess to observe birds. We have one round feeder and two tube-like bird feeders. The types of birds that we have seen are house finches, mourning doves, and black capped chickadee. 

   We also use binoculars and books that help us see what kinds of birds they are. The books that we use are The Finch Hand Book, Pocket Guide to Sage Bush Birds, Sibly's Backyard Birds of the Rocky Mountain States, Birds of Idaho, and Biginners' Guide to Birds.

   Everyday many birds go to our feeders.  We have one ground feeder and two high feeders.  So far we have found 28 birds today.  We mostly see house finches, mourning doves, and black capped chickadees.  The Bird By Bird program is awesome!

   Also, we have a special man, Mr. Ridenhour that comes to our classroom to teach us about the types of birds we will be seeing. Also, something cool that he will be doing is bringing live birds to show us. We are so excited.

By Ahmad and Marissa


What we've seen this school year


Species Count Disposition Date and Time Link

Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)
11 Feeder 12/06/2017 - 10:45am Details

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
14 Feeder 12/06/2017 - 9:45am Details

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
6 Feeder 12/05/2017 - 2:00pm Details

Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria)
1 Feeder 11/27/2017 - 11:00am Details

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
1 Feeder 11/27/2017 - 11:00am Details

Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)
8 Feeder 11/27/2017 - 8:15am Details

Cassin's Finch (Carpodacus cassinii)
1 Feeder 11/17/2017 - 11:15am Details

White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys)
1 Feeder 11/17/2017 - 11:15am Details

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
5 Feeder 11/15/2017 - 11:00am Details

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
3 Ground 11/15/2017 - 11:00am Details


Ian Neely, Grade 6
Boise, Idaho USA


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