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Birds of Prey Field Trip by Addie and Madeline

February 20, 2018 - 2:30pm -- Brianwhitney

By Madeline & Addie

We took a field trip to the World Center for Birds of Prey! First, Mr. evans showed us a kestrel falcon. Mr.Evans was making her do tricks. The kestrel’s name is Penny. Penny was flying all over the room and she was eating a mouse. Sadly penny had to leave. Then we went into groups and we got to see some other types of birds. First, we got to  see the outdoor birds including a bald eagle, turkey vulture, gyrfalcon, and california condor. Next, we  went inside and we got to learn about different types of eggs from birds, where different birds live, and how to look at the world around us like scientists.


We all had a really good time there.We went home having learned a lot about different kind of birds.  We are very thankful to all the volunteers who helped make this such a good field trip!         


A Visit From Giffin: A Swainson's Hawk by Lydia

January 23, 2018 - 3:25pm -- Brianwhitney

Mr. Evans visited us on Tuesday, December 12th. He brought with him a Swainson's Hawk  and her name is Griffin. Griffin is ten years old and was abandoned by her parents when she was a chick. She thinks people are her parents and this means it’s better not for her to mate with another bird.


Griffin’s diet is mostly grasshoppers and other bugs. This means Swainson’s Hawks have to migrate south for the winter so they can eat but if they leave late there won’t be many grasshoppers left. But Griffin stays at  The World Center for Birds of Prey all the time because she also can’t go to the wild because she wouldn't know how to take care of herself.      


Walking Field Trip: Bird Watching! By Svea & Molly

December 1, 2017 - 2:33pm -- Brianwhitney

By Svea and Molly

Have you ever been birdwatching? If you have, I bet you saw a bunch of birds like we did! Our fourth grade students got the opportunity to go bird watching with Mr. Evans from the Peregrine Fund. It was awesome! He taught us how to use our binoculars to find birds. We walked along Dry Creek and looked for birds. One of the birds we saw was a Mourning Dove. It was in Hidden Springs Idaho by the creek on the top of the tree.

Another bird we saw was a really pretty House Sparrow flying everywhere, it was super cool. It was flying around me and then landed on a tree branch. It was fun to look at it through our binoculars.

One other bird we saw was a humongous Red Tailed Hawk in Hidden Springs Boise Idaho. It was on a tree branch and it was amazing to look at. We also saw it flying all over the sky! We learned that there are many different types of hawks.

While on our walking field trip, we saw over 13 different types of birds. After I went birdwatching I saw a bunch of birds and I hope if you go birdwatching you will too!




A Visit From Mr. Evans by Grace & Leya

September 29, 2017 - 11:53am -- Brianwhitney

Hi this is Grace and Leya. We are in fourth grade at Hidden Springs Elementary. Last Tuesday, Mr. Evans from the Peregrine Fund came to Hidden Springs Elementary. He taught us about birds and habitats. Mr. Evans taught us that if a House Sparrow is in a habitat it does not really give us any good clues about how healthy the habitat is because a House Sparrow can either live in a bad habitat or good habitat. If you see a Dark Eyed Junco it means it is a decent habitat. If a Sage Sparrow is in a habitat it means it's a really good habitat.

He also taught us what words to use to describe birds’ body parts. This will help us identify what certain types of birds look like so we could identify them without just saying, “Look at that bird with blue on it”.

We're excited for other visits from Mr. Evans and now we know how to identify a bird and see if it’s in a good habitat.



What we've seen this school year


Species Count Disposition Date and Time Link

Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)
2 Flying 11/14/2017 - 2:15pm Details

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
5 Perched 11/14/2017 - 2:15pm Details

House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)
3 Perched 11/14/2017 - 2:15pm Details

Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum)
2 Flying 11/14/2017 - 2:15pm Details

Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)
2 Perched 11/14/2017 - 2:15pm Details

Common Raven (Corvus corax)
1 Ground 11/14/2017 - 2:15pm Details

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
6 Perched 11/14/2017 - 2:15pm Details

Yellow Warbler (Dendroica petechia)
1 Perched 11/14/2017 - 2:15pm Details

Eurasian Collared Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)
4 Perched 11/14/2017 - 2:15pm Details

Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria)
1 Perched 11/14/2017 - 2:15pm Details


Brian Whitney, Grade 4
Boise, Idaho USA


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