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Ollie & Nesting! By Maryn, Elliemae and Veda

April 3, 2018 - 3:07pm -- Brianwhitney

By Maryn, Elliemae ,and Veda


Last week, Mr.Evan’s visited Hidden Springs Elementary and he brought Ollie the Milky Eagle-Owl to our school. The Milky eagle-Own is from Africa. Ollie is nine weeks old. When Mr. Evans was here he feed Ollie quail...dead quail! Ollie appeared to really enjoy the qual.

Next, Mr.Evans talked about how birds nest and that birds really don’t live in nests, they just lay their  eggs in the nest. Birds actually live in idents on cliff sides, holes in trees, inside cacti, and sometimes just on the ground surrounded by tall grass. Birds do not need to sleep in a nest. When birds rest it is called roosting.

So, as you can see, Mr. Evans taught us a lot of things. We can’t wait for our next B3 adventure!


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!





What we've seen this school year


Species Count Disposition Date and Time Link

Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria)
2 Feeder 01/28/2019 - 1:45pm Details

American Goldfinch (Carduelis tristis)
2 Feeder 11/15/2018 - 1:30pm Details

House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)
1 Feeder 11/15/2018 - 1:30pm Details

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
2 Feeder 10/10/2018 - 1:30pm Details

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
5 Ground 10/10/2018 - 1:30pm Details

American Goldfinch (Carduelis tristis)
1 Feeder 10/09/2018 - 1:30pm Details

Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria)
1 Feeder 10/09/2018 - 1:30pm Details

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
1 Feeder 10/09/2018 - 1:30pm Details

American Goldfinch (Carduelis tristis)
1 Feeder 10/02/2018 - 1:30pm Details

American Goldfinch (Carduelis tristis)
3 Feeder 09/13/2018 - 1:30pm Details


Andrea Koenig , Grade 4
Boise, Idaho USA
Latitude: 43.725
Longitude: -116.257