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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.

Quail are Hogging Up and Making a Mess of Seed and Owl Appears!

December 1, 2014 - 10:59am -- Laura Crawford

Hello bird watchers this is your bird reporter Seth again and sorry about my spelling errors. I those make mistakes because people bump me or I am rushed and get distracted. Okay now the news I have is record breaking and you won't beleive it. This story involves quail and a great horned owl. The owl was seen by me and some how only me in a tree looking at something behind it and so I saw the back of his head but when we drove past I saw it's eyes and just like in photos of it they are HUGE! When I saw them I thought wow no wonder they have good eyesight. That owl is the only owl seen this year so far at this school. Now to the quail which are hogs and make the other bird not get some ground feed unless scraped out by the quail. The quail climb into the ground feeder and when one quail wants some he pushes one out of the feeder and takes his spot. The quail are the reason we didn't see many sparrows because the sparrows love the ground feeders seed but when the quail hog it up the sparrows and some finchs don't get some ground feed. Okay that is the news I have for you and this is Seth your bird reporter signing out for now and just remember that if you are bored there are old posts and if you haven't read them you should read them. thank and good night.

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