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Busy Feeders

October 29, 2015 - 1:04pm -- kgnojewski

This week our feeders have been extremely busy.  Many days the nyjer thistle feeder is covered with lesser and American goldfinch.  In addition, black capped chickadees and red-breasted nuthatches have been visiting the sunflower feeder consistently.  We were excited to have a few mountain chickadees visit the feeder this week as well.  This is the first time for this species at Sage.  In addition, we spotted a ruby crowned kinglet in the pine tree.  The house finches and mourning doves have also been frequent visitors outside our window.  We have been amazed at the diversity of grey tones the dark-eyed juncoes can have.    

Kristin

Dark eyed junco sighting!

October 5, 2015 - 1:00pm -- kgnojewski

Greetings fellow Bird by Birders!

Today we saw our first two dark eyed juncos of the season.  Along with the juncos we have been seeing lots of American and lesser goldfinch, house finch, black capped chickadee and red breasted nuthatch.  Before the break Heidi Ware from the Intermountain Bird Observatory spoke with a group of students about the how's and why's of bird banding.  A group of students will be heading up to the Lucky Peak site on Thursday to see bird banding first hand.   Photos coming soon.

Kristin

Owls and more!

May 18, 2015 - 9:11am -- kgnojewski

On Thursday, May 14th a group of sixth and seventh graders had the distinct privilege of accompanying Matt Stuber on a Western screech owl banding trip near CJ Strike reservoir.  Many students remarked that the trip was not only the best field trip ever, but the best day "of my life".  The students had the opportunity to hold a baby screech owl while Matt processed the data.  I don't think that the students stopped smiling for the rest of the day.  In addition, students were able to view young barn owls up close and personal.  Wow, they sure stink!  I was so proud of how observant these kids were.  Here is a partial list of species they were able to observe on the trip:

Species Observed on May 14th by Sage International School

1.     American coot

2.     white pelican

3.     Great blue heron

4.     Black-billed magpie

5.     Cinnamon teal

6.     Double crested Cormorant

7.     Killdeer

8.     Northern harrier

9.     Barn swallow

10. Eurasian collared dove

11. Long-billed curlew

12. Western kingbird

13. Western grebe

14. Bald eagle

15. Golden eagle

16. Yellow-headed blackbird

17. American crow

18. Turkey vulture

19. Wilson’s snipe

20. Common raven

21. Red-winged blackbird

22. European starling

23. Song sparrow

24. Common grackle

25. Mourning dove

26. American avocet

27. Wilson’s phalarope

28. California quail

29. American robin

30. Western screech owl

31. Barn owl

32. Red-tailed hawk

33. American kestrel

 

Thanks so much to Matt Stuber and Bird by Bird for making this trip possible!

Kristin

Barb, Little Hawk and Merlin

May 13, 2015 - 10:07am -- kgnojewski

On Monday we were honored to host Barb Forderhase, Little Hawk and Merlin in our classroom.  Thanks so much to Barb for sharing her time and expertise with us.  The students were fascinated by watching Little Hawk close her eyelids as she relaxed in class.  What an impression these birds make on students!  We also have been seeing a new visitor right outside our classroom window.  A female mallard has been watching the classroom activities.  We haven't seen a nest yet, but will keep you updated if we see ducklings!

Kristin

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Kristin Gnojewski, Grade 8
Boise, Idaho USA

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