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Mrs.Urbans Migration visit!!!

February 2, 2018 - 2:28pm -- HighlandsFranz

Hello! This is Paige and Grace! Mrs.Urban migrated to our classroom on Monday! She taught us about how birds migrate. We learned that not all birds migrate and some only partially migrate. Sometimes, when birds migrate, they have difficult weather that can blow them to the shore. There are several other obstacles that these birds have to go through like storms, finding food and other predators. They also have ts deal with going back the their home finding it replaced with a parking lot, a building, or other type of developement. After learning about all these birds we  played a migration game. We had to go through several obstacles and most of them were pretty challenging! Thanks and have a birdalicious day!!!!!

The Hawk

December 20, 2017 - 11:37am -- HighlandsFranz

Hi! It's Grace, Paige, and Jane again! Just yesterday we had an exciting visit from a couple of quails and a hawk. We were in the middle of a lesson when we heard BANG! At first no one new what kind of birds they were and why three of them hit the window. We looked at the bird feeder and saw a big hawk. We had to determine what kind of hawk it was and we all agreed that is was the Copper's Hawk. Mr.Franz, our  teacher realised that they were quail. After that hawk, there were no birds in sight. In conclusion, our scientific hypothosis is that once the small birds saw the hawk, the left for the day. I know that because today, we have many birds outside. Thank you! Have a birdilicious day!

Mrs.Urban's Visit

December 13, 2017 - 2:46pm -- HighlandsFranz

Hi, this is Grace, Paige and Jane. On December 11th, we had a visit from Mrs. Urban. She presented how birds survive in the winter. One thing that keeps the birds warm is that all birds are endothermic, which means they maintain their tempature internally. Another way that most birds keep themself warm is puff up their feathers and then put one leg up to their feathers. Some people get alarmed when they see these "one legged birds". Another time when people get alarmed is when they see 10 legs instead of two! This happens because little babies want to get in their mom's fluff of the feathers. At the end, our class created pine cone bird feeders that had a layer of Crisco and an assortment of seeds. We always look forward to having Mrs.Urban visit our classroom! Have a birdilicious day!

Mrs.Urban's Visit

September 19, 2017 - 2:45pm -- HighlandsFranz

Hi, this is Jane and Grace and last Wednesday Mrs.Urban came to Mr. Franz’s class at Highlands Elementary to talk to us about birds. She taught us about different types of birds and their adaptations. One type of bird was called a California quail that has a top-knot. Another type of bird is called a House Finch. A house finch is brown and white with streaks. Also, there’s a bird called the Red-Winged Black Bird. A Red-Winged BlackBird comes to the feeders in the winter time. One of our favorites that Mrs.Urban talked about is called the Anna’s Hummingbird which are beautiful because they have a purple head. They are also bred in Baja, California.

While Mrs.Urban came to visit our classroom, she talked to us about when and how birds migrate south in the winter. She also told us about how birds lose their feathers and they grow back new ones that keep themselves warm for the winter. Different bird species eat different types of foods. Like the American Goldfinch loves thistle seed. The Black-Capped Chickadees eats seeds and bugs and they also make a unique sound that sound like they are saying chick-a-dee. We learned a lot during Mrs.Urban’s visit to our classroom and we our excited to learn more about birds this year!



What we've seen this school year


Species Count Disposition Date and Time Link

House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)
2 Feeder 02/20/2018 - 3:00pm Details

Black-billed Magpie (Pica hudsonia)
7 Perched 02/20/2018 - 3:00pm Details

Belted Kingfisher (Ceryle alcyon)
3 Bath 02/20/2018 - 3:00pm Details

Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)
2 Feeder 02/20/2018 - 3:00pm Details

American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)
4 Flying 02/20/2018 - 3:00pm Details

Bank Swallow (Riparia riparia)
1 Feeder 02/20/2018 - 3:00pm Details

Cooper's Hawk (Accipiter cooperii)
1 Flying 02/20/2018 - 3:00pm Details

Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)
3 Feeder 02/20/2018 - 3:00pm Details

American Goldfinch (Carduelis tristis)
5 Feeder 02/15/2018 - 2:45pm Details

Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)
8 Feeder 02/15/2018 - 2:45pm Details


Sid Franz, Grade 6
Boise, Idaho USA


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