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The Regulars

January 28, 2015 - 9:18am -- kgnojewski

Each day a group of students has been coming in during lunch to make observations of the birds at the feeders just outside our classroom windows.  The regular visitors have been a very fat squirrel, numerous dark-eyed juncos, a red breasted nuthatch, house finches and both American and Lesser Goldfinch.  It has been fun to watch the Goldfinches as they start to brighten up their feathers to be more indicative of their name.  We occasionally have a group of Black-Capped Chickadees stop by to feed as well.  A new regular is a song sparrow who has been hanging out in the Juniper bushes just outside the window.  This week we were privileged to have Bryce Robinson, a graduate student in the Raptor Biology Program at BSU speak to our birding group about Gyrfalcons.  He provided some nice connections to our study of climate change in seventh grade science.  Researchers are investigating how the northward and higher latitude shifts of trees might impact Gyrfalcons which rely on wide open spaces for hunting.  We are looking forward to a visit from Monte Tish and Slim on February 10th.

Kristin

The falcon box

December 16, 2014 - 1:11pm -- kgnojewski

Where I live there is a falcon box and every year we go to our backyard to look at them with binoculars and discuss them.  We watch just at the time of year when the babies come out of the box and look around. Along with the babies, there are the adult falcons who spread there wings and fly to find food. Another amazing thing that happens at the falcon box is that you can hear the screches from the box.

 

Katie M.  Grade 6

Student Bird Observations

December 2, 2014 - 1:15pm -- kgnojewski

Here are a few stories from Sage 6th and 7th graders about their encounters with birds.

On December 2nd, at about 9:55, my friend started shouting and pointing at something in the sky. I looked and gasped. We both shouted together "Great Blue Heron!!!" then we both started cracking up and gave each other a high five!

Sometimes at Park Center Pond a Great Blue Heron stays there looking for food, there must be lots of food therre because it keeps coming back.

At the Green Belt I saw a Kingfisher flying with a fish .

My neighbors made a kestral box and each year and at summer time me and my family watch them with binoculars and we watch the babies fly away.

On November 20th at around 2:00 pm me and my family went for a walk and we saw an American Kestrel carrying a garter snake in its talons.

Some time ago my mom and I were walking our dog, Buster, in our neighborhood and he was offleash. He chased some California Quails and caught one! But the bird was OK and was just pretending to be dead or something. That is what happens when a dog catches a bird. 

 

Cheers,

Kristin

Busy Feeders!

November 20, 2014 - 4:20pm -- kgnojewski

The thistle feeder has been bustling with activity this week.  There were several days when American goldfinch were lined up to take a turn feeding.  Today a group of Canade geese dropped by right outside the window, adding another distraction to the already "anxious for break" students.  We have a feeder attached to our classroom window which has been host primarily to house finches.  Chickadees, nuthatches, dark-eyed juncos and mourning doves are still daily visitors.

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Observations

Species Count Disposition Date and Time Link

Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria)
1 Bath 05/11/2016 - 12:30pm Details

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)
2 Ground 05/11/2016 - 12:30pm Details

Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria)
1 Feeder 05/11/2016 - 12:30pm Details

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
3 Feeder 04/25/2016 - 12:30pm Details

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
1 Feeder 04/11/2016 - 12:30pm Details

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)
1 Ground 04/07/2016 - 8:30am Details

Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis)
1 Feeder 04/06/2016 - 11:00am Details

Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria)
4 Feeder 04/06/2016 - 11:00am Details

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
1 Feeder 04/06/2016 - 11:00am Details

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)
1 Flying 04/05/2016 - 8:30am Details

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Kristin Gnojewski, Grade 8
Boise, Idaho USA

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