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Those Stealing Birds

September 12, 2017 - 1:17pm -- adale

I have commented several times about how nice it is to be able to teach about birds at Kuna High School. It being a rural school like it is increases the chance of seeing some really fun and amazing things. Like all other schools though sometimes we witness crimes. What kind of crimes you ask, STEALING! Yesterday we started out on a field trip to the hay field across the street. We were are at our staging area right in front of the school when it happened. Up in the sky a student noticed a Swainson's Hawk it was in a stoop with it wings folded and diving at a 45 degree angle to the hay field we were going to go to. BAMB! It hit the ground, through its wings out and started flapping to gain some altitude. Just as it got up we could see it had caught a large vole, and then it happened. Another Swainson's Hawk flew in from the side, it rolled onto its back and flew in from underneath the one carrying the vole AND GRABBED IT! It stole the vole from the talons of the first Swainson's Hawk and made its escape. Leaving the first bird to go hungry. It flew over and landed on a hay bail and chowed down on its ill gotten gain. I set a scope up on it and we were able to get some great looks at an immature Swainson's Hawk. Once again, thank you B3 for some great optics for students to make really cool observations with. One student said this bird was now at the top of his top ten birds. I asked how many he had in his top ten and he said, "this is my first one but its a great one"

Second Field Trip

September 2, 2017 - 3:16pm -- adale

On our second field trip of the new year last Thursday we were able to see a couple of very cool sightings. First, we were just leaving the build and a Red Tailed hawk flew right over our heads about fifty feet above us. It was a great look and if that wasn't enough it flew around the building and lit in some trees right across the road. I was able to put a spotting scope on it and all thirty one students got a great close up of a mature Red Tailed Hawk. The other sighting was just a bunch of very common Eurasian Ring Necked Doves that were feeding on the ground by the dairy across the street from the school. A couple of students said, "hey Mr. Dale that one looks kind of white". When I saw it I got really excited because it was not all white but had white sploches all over. So it is still really early in the semester but we found a leucistic dove. I'll talk about this later in the semester but we were treated with an excellent teachable moment, a moment we could not have had being couped up in the classroom. We are going to have a great bird year!

We're Back!

August 25, 2017 - 3:33pm -- adale

Kuna is back for another year of learning about birds and turning kids into birders even if they don't know it. Today was the first day of Ornithology so we hit the ground running and we went on our first field trip around the school. I wanted to make sure they were able to see some of the common birds that are here through the summer but are on the way south right now. We were able to find two Swainson's hawks and about ten Brewer's Blackbirds. This is going to be a great year!

Second Annual Kuna High School Bird Festival

May 9, 2017 - 10:13am -- adale

Friday May 5th the first graders from Crimson Point Elementary came over the the high school for the second annual bird festival. The ornithology classes put the festival on, student groups of 3 or 4 took first grade students through games that were fun but also taught a lot about birds. We also had two falconers join us with their birds, a kestrel and prairie falcon. As you can see from the photos the falcons were a big hit. The festival went very well and I am very proud of all my students.

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What we've seen this school year

Observations

Species Count Disposition Date and Time Link

Brewer's Blackbird (Euphagus cyanocephalus)
10 Ground 08/25/2017 - 12:15pm Details

Eurasian Collared Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)
2 Perched 08/25/2017 - 12:15pm Details

Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis)
15 Ground 08/25/2017 - 12:15pm Details

Swainson's Hawk (Buteo swainsoni)
2 Flying 08/25/2017 - 12:15pm Details

American Kestrel (Falco sparverius)
2 Perched 02/06/2017 - 11:15am Details

American Robin (Turdus migratorius)
1 Feeder 02/06/2017 - 11:15am Details

Eurasian Collared Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)
55 Flying 02/06/2017 - 11:15am Details

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
11 Flying 02/06/2017 - 11:15am Details

European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)
60 Perched 02/06/2017 - 11:15am Details

Merlin (Falco columbarius)
1 Flying 02/06/2017 - 11:15am Details

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Allen Dale, Grade 10
Kuna, Idaho USA

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