Kuna High School

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Our Feeders are Really Busy

December 4, 2015 - 10:08am -- adale

The past few days we have been having a really hard time keeping up with our feeders. We fill them up yesterday and today the feeder with the sunflower seeds is completely empty. We are also starting to get a reputation. It is not enough that we are the nerds of the school but now we are the Bird Nerds. A label and reputation that we are all very proud of. I and the students in the ornithology class are starting to get a lot of comments from other students, teachers, and people that are coming into the school. They notice the feeders but the fun thing is that they notice the birds on the feeders. We had a visitor to our feeder that is starting to become a popular attraction around the school but one day just after we came back from Thanksgiving break she made and appearence at the feeder. The female merlin that hung out most of the winter last year and is back again this winter took one of the eurasian collard doves from our ground feeder. We didn't see her take the dove but she took it about twenty feet away and sat on a bench in front of the school and ate her meal. What a great opportunity to teach students about other aspects of bird watching. This was an example of how some birds use our feeders for other reasons as well as preator prey relationships. 

Lots of Victories

November 5, 2015 - 3:28pm -- adale

I have older students than most of the other teachers in the program so they are getting a later start becoming birders. Everyday though I can honestly say that the excitement grows and they are really learning to become bird wathers. Last week I gave my two ornithology classes an identification quiz that they got to use their field guide on. I know every one that is a birder started out being just  a little intimidated by a book that has so many birds pictured in it. To make a long story a little shorter I'll just say that one of the birds I chose to put on the quiz was not the one I ment to show. I was in a hurry making up the quiz and I thought I was putting a Black Capped Chickadee on the quiz but I didn't realize until it was too late that I had actually put a Chestnut-Backed Chickadee on the quiz. I saw it when I flashed the picture up there and thought to myself when I really looked at it, "shoot I'll just give anyone that puts Black Capped Chickadee credit and explain my error later. Turns out I didn't have to do that because 95% percent of the class put Chestnut-Backed Chickadee. In that on instant they all showed me this field guide ain't no big thing.

Field Trip Morley Nelson Birds of Area and Kuna Water Treatment Plant

October 23, 2015 - 3:17pm -- adale

The students of the Kuna High School Ornithology class took a field trip today to see what kind of birds we could find away from the school and feeders. We saw a lot of new species that the students have never seen before and some they have but never realized it. The birds we saw are:

Lesser Scaups-8

Buffle Heads-4

Eared Grebes-5

Kestral-2

Kildeer-10

Raven-15

Eurasian Collared Doves-20

Red Tail Hawk-3

Horned Lark-15

Magpie-4

Flicker-4

The food is there but not many takers

September 30, 2015 - 1:34pm -- adale

We hung the feeders up but as of yet there have only been a couple of takers. It is really fun listening to students ideas about why we haven't had too much activity. All have said something about the time of day being a factor of when the birds may be more hungry. We are also seeing a lot of birds flying overhead. Some are gearing up for migration and some are right in the middle of it. Across the street there was a melanistic Swanson's hawk they has been working a hay field. It was here on Monday but we haven't seen it since then. We almost feel like one of our group has moved away. It is distinct enough in its appearance that I am sure we will be able to recognize him/her when spring rolls around. We have also seen large groups of Brewer's blackbirds moving through. Really looking forward to the feeders getting really active.

 

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What we've seen this school year

Observations

Species Count Disposition Date and Time Link

Common Raven (Corvus corax)
2 Flying 10/24/2016 - 9:30am Details

Black-billed Magpie (Pica hudsonia)
1 Flying 10/20/2016 - 9:45am Details

American Robin (Turdus migratorius)
21 Flying 10/20/2016 - 9:45am Details

Cooper's Hawk (Accipiter cooperii)
1 Flying 10/20/2016 - 9:45am Details

Lincoln's Sparrow (Melospiza lincolnii)
1 Feeder 10/20/2016 - 9:45am Details

Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)
1 Perched 10/20/2016 - 9:45am Details

Sharp-shinned Hawk (Accipiter striatus)
1 Flying 10/20/2016 - 9:45am Details

Common Raven (Corvus corax)
1 Flying 10/20/2016 - 9:45am Details

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
18 Feeder 10/20/2016 - 9:45am Details

House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)
22 Feeder 10/20/2016 - 9:45am Details

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Allen Dale, Grade 10
Kuna, Idaho USA

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