Lake Ridge Elementary

What's New

Chicken Problem Solved

February 28, 2018 - 6:34pm -- Laura Crawford

Lake Ridge has had a chicken problem since the first of the school year. The neighbors have several chickens which they allow to free range. One of their favorite places to head was Lake Ridge's school grounds. They especially liked visiting our ground feeder and chasing away the wild birds. We have been rationing our ground feed to one scoop a day. The chickens had become very distructive on the slope between the school grounds and the house with the chickens. The district maintainence people were called in to help. They repaired the damage on the slope and covered it with bark dust again. We thought we might have to stop feeding birds, but a solution was found. The district maintainence department installed chicken wire along the bottom of the fence around our school grounds where the chickens could get through and our class got a new platform feeder to hang in a tree which has replaced our ground feeder. Since the changes have been made, no chickens have been sighted on the school grounds. The only said part of the solution is we have not had any quail visiting our feeders either, and they were really fun to watch.Other news at our feeders is that the red-winged black birds had arrived in large numbers and the number of mourning doves has also increased.

Chicken problem solved

February 26, 2018 - 11:10am -- Laura Crawford

The chickens were invading our ground feeder. The problem was that the chickens were eating all the feed and no other birds could get to it. We solved the Problem by puting new wire under the fence so they couldn’t get past the fence and hanging the ground feeder up high so the chickens couldn’t reach it. 

Bird Beak Activities with Susan Kain

January 24, 2018 - 7:32pm -- Laura Crawford

Susan Kain came to visit our class last week and talked about how bird beaks are adapted to the food they eat. We then participated in several activities to model bird beaks. Thank you Susan for your visit. We had fun and learned a lot about bird adaptations.

Billions of Quail at our Feeder

December 14, 2017 - 11:45am -- Laura Crawford

  On December 13, 2017 I was looking at our bird feeders and guess what I saw? I saw about 50 quails trying to force themselves into the center of all the quail to get some of our ground feed. It was an amazing sight. I was so excited to see the quails. I love quails, so I threw some ground feed into our garden and quickly shut the door so that  I wouldn’t scare them.  Then moments later more than half the quail were in the garden right in front of me. I was so happy I had a perfect view to take a picture.  So I took my iPad and took a picture. I hope you enjoy looking at the picture of all the beautiful quail and I hope that you will begin to learn about quails and try to identify any if you ever see any. Also I challenge you to buy some bird feeders to help feed all of the beautiful birds there are and to learn what types of birds there are in our community.


What we've seen this school year


Species Count Disposition Date and Time Link

Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)
11 Feeder 03/13/2018 - 11:00am Details

Eurasian Collared Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)
2 Ground 03/13/2018 - 11:00am Details

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
15 Ground 03/13/2018 - 11:00am Details

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
7 Perched 03/07/2018 - 11:15am Details

American Goldfinch (Carduelis tristis)
3 Feeder 03/07/2018 - 11:15am Details

Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)
1 Flying 03/07/2018 - 11:15am Details

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
2 Ground 03/07/2018 - 11:15am Details

Eurasian Collared Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)
2 Ground 03/07/2018 - 11:15am Details

Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)
7 Perched 03/02/2018 - 10:00am Details

Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)
2 Ground 03/02/2018 - 10:00am Details


Laura Crawford, Grade 5
Nampa, Idaho USA



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