What a whirlwind this year has been. Sage sixth graders have been learning about a new bird each week as part of our "bird of the week" activity. Some of the birds included in our studies are the black-capped chickadee, house finch, great blue heron, American crow, downy woodpecker and a few other common feeder birds. The lesser goldfinches have been very active at our feeders this year. At times every one of the eight feeding stations has been full. Just recently however, a few American goldfinch have joined them. I am pleased to report that the dark eyed juncoes are back for the winter as well. The students noticed two downy woodpeckers on the crab apple tree outside our classroom a few weeks ago. We are hoping to lure them back with a suet feeder.
Two weeks ago we were able to visit the IBO river site. The crew caught a lesser goldfinch with an unusual beak deformity. This poor bird was a great learning opportunity for the students about the challenges of surviving in the wild. The students were also able to see a female California Quail up close.
We look foward to continuing to develop a deeper understanding of the birds around our school and across the globe.