Liberty Elementary

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Feathers and Bird Walking (January and February)

February 28, 2018 - 6:21pm -- amber.armstrong

It's been six months, and we still have yet to see a bird at our birdfeeders.  The ground is still frozen so we haven't been able to move them to a more desirable location yet.  Today, we did spy one lone dark-eyed junco under a bush NEAR our feeders.  We're hoping it goes to tell all its friends about the awesome buffet we've set up!  Fingers crossed....

Ms. Ally and Ms. Kristin came this month to show and tell us more about bird feathers, both their anatomy and their uses.  We got to look at feathers under a microscope too.  That was super cool!  

We did begin going on twice monthly bird patrols around our school.  On our first excursion, we patrolled the perimeter of our fence.  We used our field guides, binoculars, and Merlin Bird ID app to help us identify birds we saw or heard.  One backyard had quite the flock of birds flying back and forth from bushes to a small pond.  We had a hard time identifying these birds because they didn't stay still for long.  We did hear quite a few house sparrows in another row of bushes and saw two female California quail and one male.  We saw one large American crow up in the top of a tree.  We believe we saw dark-eyed juncos and a few others we couldn't identify.

Feathers and Bird Walking (January and February)

February 28, 2018 - 6:21pm -- amber.armstrong

It's been six months, and we still have yet to see a bird at our birdfeeders.  The ground is still frozen so we haven't been able to move them to a more desirable location yet.  Today, we did spy one lone dark-eyed junco under a bush NEAR our feeders.  We're hoping it goes to tell all its friends about the awesome buffet we've set up!  Fingers crossed....

Ms. Ally and Ms. Kristin came this month to show and tell us more about bird feathers, both their anatomy and their uses.  We got to look at feathers under a microscope too.  That was super cool!  

We did begin going on twice monthly bird patrols around our school.  On our first excursion, we patrolled the perimeter of our fence.  We used our field guides, binoculars, and Merlin Bird ID app to help us identify birds we saw or heard.  One backyard had quite the flock of birds flying back and forth from bushes to a small pond.  We had a hard time identifying these birds because they didn't stay still for long.  We did hear quite a few house sparrows in another row of bushes and saw two female California quail and one male.  We saw one large American crow up in the top of a tree.  We believe we saw dark-eyed juncos and a few others we couldn't identify.

Archimedes, the Great Horned Owl

December 18, 2017 - 5:14pm -- amber.armstrong

On December 14, Ms. Corrine, from the BLM, brought Archimedes, the Great Horned Owl, to our classroom.  It was so amazing to see such a beautiful, often camoflaged, bird so close up.  We noticed right away that he was missing an eye and Ms. Corrine told us it was because he had been hit by a car.  He has beautiful feathers and we learned that the long feathers that we've often thought of as "ear tufts" are actually called plumicorns!  It's our vocab word this week, we liked it so much!  Ms. Corrine talked to us about how owls are raptors or birds of prey and that they have a lot of special adaptations to help them be camoflaged and hunt.  We got to look closely at feathers to see how owl feathers are different than hawk feathers.  Here are a few pictures Ms. Ally took! (and we have no idea why they show up upside down here :( ..

Owl Pellets, Take Two

November 30, 2017 - 5:41pm -- amber.armstrong

Earlier this month, Miss Ally and Miss Kristin brought owl pellets to our classroom.  We did owl pellets last year and, with 2/3 of the class being the same as last year, didn't expect to do them again this year.  The 2nd and 3rd graders begged our B3 facilitators earlier this year to bring them back because "the first graders didn't get to do it and it was SOOOO COOOOL!"  The long-eared owl pellets this year were collected by a gentleman that works for Idaho Fish and Game and he came to help us disect the pellets and show us some cool bones.

I, as the teacher, was so excited to see the level of excitement and engagement which was even higher than last year's!  Last year there were a few students that would barely touch the pellets and these same kids, this year, dove right in!  I had a few first graders get down and dirty cleaning and identifying the bones.  You can see in the photos just how awesome they thought this activity was.  We are really excited to be able to see a Great Horned Owl come visit our classroom next month!

In bird feeder news, we are still dilligently cleaning, filling, and watching our feeders but still have seen no evidence of birds eating at them.  We are very sad, but are hopeful that the birds will discover the seed as the weather gets colder and other sources of food are covered with snow.  Fingers crossed! 

                   

                  

 

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What we've seen this school year

Observations

Species Count Dispositionsort descending Date and Time Link

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
1 Feeder 10/01/2015 - 9:30pm Details

House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)
5 Feeder 10/21/2016 - 10:30am Details

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)
4 Feeder 05/01/2016 - 9:30am Details

American Goldfinch (Carduelis tristis)
2 Feeder 05/01/2016 - 9:30am Details

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
4 Feeder 05/01/2016 - 9:30am Details

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
1 Feeder 05/01/2016 - 9:30am Details

House Wren (Troglodytes aedon)
4 Feeder 05/01/2016 - 9:30am Details

American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)
1 Flying 12/16/2016 - 11:15pm Details

American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)
5 Flying 05/01/2016 - 9:30am Details

Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)
2 Flying 12/16/2016 - 11:15pm Details

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