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Bird Beak Experiments

January 8, 2015 - 7:34pm -- Laura Crawford

Kacey Kai came to visit ou class yesterday. She brought along several experiments to show which bird beak works best for which kind of food. We learn that a bird's beak is designed for the food they eat. Tweezers worked great for seeds while a strainer picked up loose tea better. Thanks, Kacey, for the exciting and fun learning activities. 

The biggest surprise was that Kacey delivered a bird feeder and bag of seed for each of us. They feeders are really cool. Thanks, Bird by Bird sponsors, for the feeders. They are awesome.

Wonderfully Weird Bird Beaks

January 7, 2015 - 1:23pm -- Laura Crawford

      Kacey Kai is coming to our classroom today to talk about bird beaks. To prepare the class read "Ten Wonderfully Weird Bird Beaks." From the article I learned a lot from reading the artilce. There are many birds that have strange beaks that might help them with some tasks.  One weird bird beak is the rhinoceros hornbill. This bird has a feature called a casque on its beaks. Their beaks have hallow chambers to help amplify their bird calls. The second  type of interesting bird beak is the Canada goose's. The goose has teeth like structures unlike other birds and yet they swallow their food whole. The teeth structure are helpful to do the job of cutting off grass. Another type of bird beak is the black skimmer's. The black skimmer's lower mandible is .5-1.25 inches longer than it's upper mandible. With it's beak it will fly over the water and grab food.The last type of bird beak is the sword-billed hummingbird. The humming bird has a 3-4 inch beak which is longer than it's body. These beaks help them consume nectar from passion flowers. Oh what crazy bird beaks there are.

     Take time to look on line for the article "10 Wonderfully Weird Bird Beaks" to learn more.

Mr. Red Tailed Hawk Flies in Close!

December 18, 2014 - 3:53pm -- Laura Crawford

Hello bird watchers, this is your bird reporter, Seth, and I have some news for you including a close up look at a big bird of prey called the red-tailed hawk. Okay, first let's talk about the news about quail. The quail are again hogging up the ground feeder and not letting the other birds eat sometimes. I think is mean because they should share. Now let's talk about the red-tailed hawk. Mr. Red Tail was on a light post and was resting. He took off a few minutes after I had spotted him flew off to a new perch.

Hannah, my classmate, spotted a great-horned owl on the light pole near her house. She is taking the E-flier home tonight to see if she can get it to call back to her. We are excited to hear tomorrow how her experiment went.

Birds of Prey are Appearing All Over the Place and Starlings are Scared! Kacey Kai Visited Us and We Dissected Owl Pellets

December 8, 2014 - 3:20pm -- Laura Crawford

Hello this is Seth your bird reporter and I have some news for you oh yes I do. Recently there have been some appearances of birds of prey and it has been cool looking at them and they have been a red-tailed hawk which was just relaxing on a telephone pole and was probably ether just resting, but I think he was looking for prey because a few seconds later he started to take off and circle the field. He dived all of the sudden and when he came back up I saw something dangling from it's talons. The falcon came when I was selling candy canes and caught something too. I think it was a shrew. Now since the birds of prey are around I'm not seeing many starlings around.

Oh yes, by the way I'm having trouble with counting the birds, those little trouble makers, it hurts my eyes because I have to move them fast to find out what bird it is when they fly away and hide in the bushes, trees, and shrubs.

Kacey Kai came again and guess what happened, hmm I don't know, WE DISSECTED OWL PELLETS! We found bones, fur, and even more bones. most of them were ribs, but there were skulls, jaws, and other things. It was so cool. She also told us that there are lots of owls at the Deer Flat Wildlife Refuge. 

Ok sorry people but I have to go. This is your bird reporter Seth signing out until the next awesome bird news. See yah peeps.

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What we've seen this school year

Observations

Species Count Disposition Date and Time Link

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
3 Feeder 04/03/2017 - 10:15am Details

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
3 Ground 03/24/2017 - 10:00am Details

Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)
3 Ground 03/24/2017 - 10:00am Details

House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)
2 Feeder 03/24/2017 - 10:00am Details

Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)
1 Ground 03/24/2017 - 10:00am Details

House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)
2 Flying 03/23/2017 - 10:00am Details

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
3 Flying 03/23/2017 - 10:00am Details

Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)
1 Feeder 03/23/2017 - 10:00am Details

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
1 Bath 03/23/2017 - 10:00am Details

American Goldfinch (Carduelis tristis)
5 Feeder 03/23/2017 - 10:00am Details

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Laura Crawford, Grade 5
Nampa, Idaho USA

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