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I Can't believe the year is over already.

May 25, 2018 - 3:27pm -- adale

This year has flown by! It seems like about a month ago that I was putting the feeders up in the trees. This semester I have witnessed something I never thougt I would ever see. Especially in Kuna or Idaho. I mentioned last month about the book we have been reading this semester, "The Genius of Birds" by Jennifer Ackerman. If you haven't read this book I highly recommend it. There are so many fasinating stories about bird behavior in it that it is impossible to read it and not be completely wowed and amazed with birds and their ability to problem solve. The species most dominately covered is the Crow. Crows are extremely intelligent. If you have lived in Idaho very long you have probably noticed that Crows, Magpies and Ravens are tormented and killed in large numbers. When I did the post-questionare for the seniors that were leaving I was amazed by the answer for the question, "what is you favorite bird?". Several wrote crow as their favorite bird because they are so smart. I have always talked about how intelligent the birds are in the Crow family but the stories that Jennifer Akerman tells in the book just have a way of grabbing ahold of you and not letting go. It is a quick read so if you want to add it to you summer reading I have a few copies and I would be happy to loan you a copy. Have a great summer.

Babies already

April 30, 2018 - 1:12pm -- adale

Today we went on a short walk around the neighorhood today just to see what might be around that we haven't seen yet. We saw a killdeer by the dairy across the street and she was sitting ontop of a mound of manure. One of the kids said, "it looks she's sitting on something". We looked closer and the killdeer stood up and two babies ran out from under her chest and she ran the oppisite direction trying to draw our attention away. We also walked down to the red tailed hawk to see how the babies there are doing. There are three in the nest that can be seen all the time. They are twice the size that they were the first day we saw them which was the first of last week.

April has been hopping

April 26, 2018 - 7:40pm -- adale

A lot has been happening around Kuna in the month of April. Monti Tish and Slim came out to see us again and were a hit yet again. The students asked some great questions and got some great pictures of Slim with their phones. We have been keeping an eye on a large stick neck just about half a block from the school and especially in the last month or so, we have been watching the female red tailed hawk diligently incubating the eggs. About a week ago we noticed that the female was acting a little different, like she was being more attentive but as up moving around and it definately looked like she could be feeding babies. Sure enough, Monday of this week we could see little fuzzy heads poking up and today the babies are big enough that we are able to see the entire head. The nest is so close to the school we can walk over there from the front door and make observations for a while and the students love it. Yesterday while we were there the male flew in with lunch and feed the babies. It is so nice to have two spotting scopes so we can keep our dstance and not disturb anyone. In March the class started reading The Genius of Birds by Jennifer Ackerman. It is a book all about bird behavior. The next part is kind of a long story so I will just give you the highlights. Jennifer Ackerman,  the author,  found out I was using her book in my class and she wrote me an email and asked me if there was anything she could do to help us. She lives in North Carolina so she cannot just pop over to Kuna but she did agree to have a Skype session with us so we can discuss bird behavior and the stories in her book with her. So in about a week we will Skype with a New York Times Bestselling author. How cool is that.

Not a lot of birds but observations are plentiful

March 19, 2018 - 10:37am -- adale

We a decent numbers of English House Sparrows and House Finches at our feeders but the diversity eludes us. Even though we only see house sparrows at the feeders we have noticed a couple of pretty cool observations while out wander around the shcool for a field trip. Last week we watched a kestrell hovering and it went down to the ground and caught a large vole. Just as it caught it a Merlin zoomed in from the side ride at ground level, grabbed the vole and kept going. I'm pretty sure the Merlin  was laughing as he flew away carrying his ill gotten booty. On he same day we saw a large flock of Snow Geese flying over about 270,000 miles above us; They were so high we could barely see them. Miss Cory brought Merlin and Little Hawk to the class a couple of weeks ago. It was a lot of fun and Merlin was really hooting it up. He's never done that before. We are going to be taking a big field trip to Wilson ponds on Thursday. We are hoping to see  a big variety of ducks and other birds.

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Allen Dale, Grade 10
Kuna, Idaho USA

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