Kuna High School

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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




Eurasian Collared Doves-20

Red Tail Hawk-3

Horned Lark-15



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.


Feeders are up

September 28, 2015 - 10:21am -- adale

We have finally been able to get our feeders up and will be making more detailed observations. We see a lot of birds around the school but are only seeing house sparrows and rock doves around the feeders.


What we've seen this school year


Species Count Disposition Date and Time Link

European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)
2 Feeder 04/24/2018 - 12:15pm Details

House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)
18 Feeder 04/24/2018 - 12:15pm Details

Rock Pigeon/Dove (Columba livia)
6 Feeder 04/24/2018 - 12:15pm Details

Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)
4 Perched 04/24/2018 - 12:15pm Details

Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)
1 Feeder 04/24/2018 - 12:15pm Details

American Kestrel (Falco sparverius)
1 Flying 10/24/2017 - 12:15pm Details

Merlin (Falco columbarius)
1 Perched 10/24/2017 - 12:15pm Details

House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)
10 Feeder 10/24/2017 - 12:15pm Details

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
4 Feeder 10/24/2017 - 12:15pm Details

Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis)
7 Ground 10/24/2017 - 12:15pm Details


Allen Dale, Grade 10
Kuna, Idaho USA


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