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FEED THE BIRDS

September 28, 2015 - 9:58am -- jenniferbond

by Izzy and Tabitha

On September 16 of 2015, Mrs. Bond's class hung up their bird feeders. So far we have three feeders.

On Thursday September 24, 2015 we saw one squirrel, 2 mourning doves, and six house finches. Only one of the finches was a male house finch.

On September 25, 2015, we saw a female chase off two males at a feeder. We have also been seeing some fighting female house finches. We think that they are fighting for a ledge on one feeder or they don´t want to sit next to each other and eat. You would never expect that girls would chase of the boys for just a silly feeder. Now that is 3 males so far. It is weird that the mourning doves don't chase each other off like the house finches do. In fact they don't chase or scare each other at all.

The time they mostly come out on to the bird feeders is early in the morning like 9:00 or 10:00.One of us checked at about 11:00 and there was only 2 birds. We wonder why they are out in the morning but not in the afternoon? This is a really good question.  We will have to either watch when they leave the feeder, or do some research about it.  

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.

 
 

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