Last week, on October 5, both Lower Montessori classes took a walk to the Boise River. We had taken the same walk last spring and were excited to see similarities and differences. In the spring, we saw many Great Blue Herons because we walked near a rookery. This fall, we did not any Great Blue Heron but we were super excited to see another large white water bird! We discovered, after looking in our field guides, that we had seen a Great Egret. Lucky us! We saw a few Mallard ducks as well and some songbirds that we couldn't quite identify. We were surprised that we didn't hear many Red-Winged Blackbirds like we had last spring.
This week, on October 11, we got to go visit Heidi and the IBO River Site. Just like our walk to the river, we were excited to see if different types or numbers of birds were caught than when we came last spring. We loved learning about the mist nets and how their used. We had fun going on net runs and also playing a habitat game. Only sparrows were caught in the nets while we were there. There were song sparrows and white-crowned sparrows. The last few runs we got "skunked" and then saw a hawk flying from tree to tree. Now we know why there weren't any birds in the nets!