Mullan Trail Elementary

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Carrie Hugo's last visit.

January 29, 2017 - 5:32pm -- mpattis

Mrs. Hugo was in last week for her January visit. She taught my students about the adaptation of birds beaks. After watching a movie on the different types of bill, the students were divided up into rotations. Each rotation had "bird food" and examples of "bird beaks." The kids experimented with which beak was best for which type of food. For example, which of the following "beaks" (straw, tweezers, or salad tongs) be best to eat gummy worms in oatmeal? They had a blast and hopefully learned a lot!

Visit from Carrie Hugo

November 13, 2016 - 6:23pm -- mpattis

Last Wednesday we had our second presentation from Carrie Hugo. She shared a slide show on bird migration. It was so interesting!  The students  get so excited and have so many questions! I love seeing and hearing them get so enthused about birding.

Birding the last several weeks.

February 22, 2016 - 4:27pm -- mpattis

We have not posted any sightings the last few weeks because there has hardly been any birds at our feeders. I'm not sure what's going on because our feeders had been so busy. Any ideas?

Birding This Year Compared to Last Year

December 2, 2015 - 5:53pm -- mpattis

I put out a couple birdfeeders every year. However, with the addition of the feeders provided by Bird by Bird, we have been seeing a greater number of birds this year. Also, we have seen a greater variety of birds. It's amazing! For example, we see house finches every year, but the numbers at our feeders have grown from 3-4 to 8-12. We occasionally see a common flicker, but this year, we have seen two at the feeder and have seen them multiple times.  New species have included: a black-capped chickadee, a mountain chickadee, a varied thrush, and today a downy woodpecker! The students and I get so excited!

What we've seen this school year


Species Count Disposition Date and Time Link

American Goldfinch (Carduelis tristis)
6 Feeder 01/28/2016 - 1:00pm Details

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
11 Feeder 01/28/2016 - 1:00pm Details

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
15 Feeder 01/04/2016 - 9:00am Details

House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)
4 Feeder 01/04/2016 - 9:00am Details

European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)
5 Ground 01/04/2016 - 9:00am Details

Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)
1 Feeder 01/04/2016 - 9:00am Details

Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)
1 Feeder 12/02/2015 - 11:00am Details
Mary Pattis, Grade 3
Post Falls, Idaho USA


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