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Our Exciting Field Trip!

May 12, 2015 - 4:05pm -- jenniferbond

by Hannya and Sadie

      On Thursday May 7 Mrs. Bond’s class went on a field trip to the Boise Foothills Learning Center to look at birds. The class was very excited to go. When they arrived they broke up into separate groups to look at birds in different areas. One of the groups saw a Belted Kingfisher with a goldfish in it’s mouth! The group’s leader, Mr. Rich said he had never seen that in his entire life! The group saw a pair of Say’s Phoebe and the nest too!  Someone spotted two amazing Great Horned Owls and the baby owl.

                                                                                           

 Also, they saw lots of wonderful birds.The birds were all scared of the students so the kids tried to be really quiet. The students saw 22 different species of birds. The birds they saw were 4 California Quails, 82 Bank Swallows, 3 Western Meadowlarks, 4 Black-billed Magpies, 1 Belted Kingfisher, 16  Red-winged Black Birds, 6 European Starlings, 1 Red-tailed Hawk, 1 Baltimore Oriole, 2 Say’s Phoebes, 5 Pigeons, 2 House Wrens, 1 House Finch, 1 American Goldfinch, 1 Great Blue Heron, 17 Song Sparrows, 4 Robins, 14 Mourning Doves, 3 Great Horned Owls, 3 American Kestrels and 2 Lazuli Buntings.

 

One student said their favorite bird was the Great Horned Owl because the baby bird was so small and adorable! The students were excited to learn lots of amazing facts about all the types of birds they saw! They were also curious to explore in nature. Mrs. Bond’s class was hungry after the tiring field trip. The students ended their day hiking to Camel's Back Park, running up and down the hill. Therefore, Mrs. Bond’s students had a very exciting field trip!

 

A Unique Experience

April 7, 2015 - 5:46pm -- jenniferbond

by reporters Sadie and Hannya

 

On Friday, April 10 Mrs. Bond’s class and Mr. Ridenhour will be going around the school watching birds. The students are supposed to bring a towel because the grass will be wet. If the students have binoculars they are welcome to bring those too. Then they will be able to see the  incredibly beautiful birds close up. The students expect to see many song birds, Mallard Ducks, Northern Flickers and maybe they would see Canada Geese too. Tune in next week to read what the students observed!

 

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March 20, 2015 - 2:45pm -- jenniferbond

by Sadie and Hannya

On Friday, March 13, Mr. Ridenhour came into Mrs. Bond’s classroom and talked about birds roosting and nesting. “Nesting is a lot different than roosting” said Mr. Ridenhour. First, roosting is when birds perch or rest. Nesting is when birds lay eggs, incubate and raise offspring. “There are many types of nests”, said Mr.Ridenhour.

Secondly, Mr.Ridenhour talked about nests. The first nest was a scrape. A scrape is a shallow hole. For example, falcons will nest in a scape. There is also a nest called a mound. A mound is a pile of leaves, grass, and mud joined together to make a pile. Flamingos nest in those type of nests. The third nest is a burrow. Burrows are holes on the side of a cliff. Burrowing owls nest in the burrows. Next, the cavity is a hole in the tree. For example, the Kestrel bird nests in a cavity. The 5th nest is a cup nest. It’s a regular nest made out of mud, grass, and sticks. For example, Goldfinches nest in a cup nest. The platform is a nest on a high flat area. For example, the Osprey will nest on a platform. A pendant is the coolest nest and in my opinion, the rarest. A pendant is a long, woven hanging sack. Orioles like that type of nest.

Lastly, is the man- made nest. The man- made nest is a nest made by a person. This type of nest is also known as a birdhouse. Many different types of birds nest in the man made nests.

Therefore, there are many different nests with different, unique birds living in each.

 
 

Our Bird Interview

February 20, 2015 - 2:27pm -- jenniferbond

By: Sadie and Hannya

 

Reporter Sadie has been interviewing Hannya about her interesting and amazing bird journal.

 

Sadie: Hello, today I’m interviewing Hannya about her bird journal, so tell us Hannya what birds have recently been at your feeders?

Hannya: Well recently I have seen, American Goldfinches male and female as well as Black Eyed Juncos.

Sadie: Interesting, what type of food do you feed those amazing birds?

Hannya: I feed them thistle, sunflowers, and some corn mix.

Sadie: So that’s how you attract those wonderful birds. What is your most favorite bird and why?

Hannya: My favorite bird is the Black Eyed Junco because it comes to my feeder every now and then and has been the coolest bird at my feeder yet!

Sadie: About how many birds show up  to your bird feeder?

Hannya: I would say about 72 a week and 10 per day.

Sadie: What was the funniest mishap at your bird feeder?

Hannya: It was when a crow tried to eat the bird’s seed and was too big to get into the feeder.The heavy bird knocked some seeds.

Sadie: Finally what the biggest challenge you had when trying to keep up with the feeder?

Hannya: My biggest challenge was keeping the squirrels away.

Sadie and Hannya:Thank you for joining us today!  

 

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What we've seen this school year

Observations

Species Count Disposition Date and Time Link

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
3 Feeder 03/17/2017 - 10:15am Details

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
10 Feeder 03/16/2017 - 10:30am Details

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
8 Feeder 03/16/2017 - 9:15am Details

American Robin (Turdus migratorius)
3 Perched 03/15/2017 - 11:30am Details

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
7 Feeder 03/15/2017 - 10:00am Details

Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)
4 Feeder 03/15/2017 - 10:00am Details

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
5 Ground 03/15/2017 - 7:45am Details

Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)
4 Feeder 03/15/2017 - 7:45am Details

Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)
3 Feeder 03/10/2017 - 9:45am Details

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
5 Ground 03/10/2017 - 9:45am Details

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Jennifer Bond, Grade 5
Boise, Idaho USA

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