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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!  


Feeder Mania!

January 7, 2015 - 8:24pm -- jenniferbond

Over the break, students experienced the excitement of feeding birds!  Part of the fun was figuring out how to hang our new personal bird feeders. Ribbon, yarn, coat hangers and a variety of other supplies were used to get them up ASAP. In addition,many students had stories to tell about tricky squirrels attacking their feeders. Check out the creative contraption Mahala made from a milk jug and soda bottle in our photo gallery. Finally....the birds! Although some saw few, others reported doves, juncos, finches and even a flicker or two!  Grace Jordan says, "THANKS BIRD BY BIRD!"

Which Raptor Is That?

December 1, 2014 - 2:47pm -- larryridenhour

The Friday before Thanksgiving break Larry came to Jennifer Bond's class to teach the students how to identify the 17 diurnal raptors that you can see in Idaho.  The focus was general differences: falcon vs hawk, buteo vs accipiter, eagle vs osprey, etc. with a test bird on the front of Larry's t-shirt.  The class was capped off with a viewing of Ms. Bond's favorite video - Falcon vs Mtn Biker.  This is a must see race between a mountain biker and a peregrine falcon.  The link to the video is below.


What we've seen this school year


Species Count Disposition Date and Time Link

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
1 Perched 01/28/2019 - 11:00am Details

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
7 Flying 01/28/2019 - 11:00am Details

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
3 Feeder 01/28/2019 - 11:00am Details

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
2 Feeder 01/28/2019 - 10:45am Details

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
9 Ground 01/27/2019 - 11:30am Details

American Goldfinch (Carduelis tristis)
1 Ground 01/27/2019 - 11:30am Details

American Goldfinch (Carduelis tristis)
1 Feeder 01/27/2019 - 11:30am Details

American Goldfinch (Carduelis tristis)
1 Feeder 01/27/2019 - 10:00am Details

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
2 Perched 01/27/2019 - 2:30am Details

American Goldfinch (Carduelis tristis)
1 Perched 01/27/2019 - 2:30am Details


Ian Neely, Grade 6
Boise, Idaho USA
Latitude: 43.5927
Longitude: -116.262


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