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!