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Goldfinches and Geese

October 9, 2014 - 4:56pm -- kgnojewski

The goldfinches (American and lesser) have been devouring the Nyjer thistle.  In addition, several Canada Geese have been stopping by outside our windows to eat the fallen seed from a window feeder I brought to school.  One goose in particular likes to stare in the windows, hoping to learn along with the sixth graders.  The students have named him "George" and have been tracking his movements each day.  George is easy to distinguish as he is missing his foot on one leg.  

Sage bird enthusiasts have formed a small "birding club" that has been meeting once a week during lunch.  This week we walked over to ParkCenter Pond to eat while bird watching.  Students spotted two American Coots, a number of Canada Geese and several Red-winged Blackbirds.  Next week Liz Urban from the Golden Eagle Audubon Society will visit to share her experiences working with birds.  Can't wait to see where our little group goes!


Birds outside the window!

September 21, 2014 - 9:32pm -- kgnojewski

The students have been thoroughly enjoying having the feeders right outside our classroom windows.  Each day the students have been keeping a record of the time and number of birds of each species they see throughout the day right on the window!  So far we have seen Canada geese, mourning doves, black-capped chickadee, American goldfinch, red-breasted nuthatch, lesser goldfinch and house finches at the feeders.  During parent-teacher conferences many parents remarked on how much more observant their children have become as a result of learning about birds.  

We were lucky to have Barb Forderhase, along with Little Hawk and Merlin visit us two weeks ago.  Little Hawk even decided to eat a meal in front of the students.  What an amazing experience to hear bones crunching while sixth graders sat enthralled by watching nature in action!  Thanks so much Barb.  We look forward to a fantastic year of exploration and discovery thanks to B3.


What an exciting term!

December 1, 2013 - 7:46am -- kgnojewski

Last week we wrapped up our first term at Sage International School.  I was so impressed by the enthusiasm for learning about birds demonstrated by my students.  At the beginning of the term, students were instructed that they needed to learn to identify twenty common birds in Boise.  Nearly all of my students were successful in this challenge, and numerous students learned to identify forty birds in our area.  I am so thankful for the opportunities created by this program.  This term the students were introduced to "Copper" a short-eared owl and "Little Hawk" a Swainson's Hawk by Barb Forderhase.  Thanks so much to Barb for her time and energy.  In addition, several students were able to spend a day at the Idaho Bird Observatory learning about song bird and raptor banding.  Our wonderful faciliator, Matt Stuber visited the classroom and taught the students how to use clues such as beak and feet morphology to make inferences about a bird's ecological niche.  Thanks Matt!

Students were able to record data about the birds visiting our feeders nearly once a week.  Some of the birds observed on campus include dark-eyed juncos, mourning doves, house finches, house sparrows, American kestrels, California quail and Cedar waxwings.  I have also observed a sharp shinned hawk hunting on campus on a couple of occasions.  It will be interesting to see what happens to the diversity of species as we move into winter.

This term students will be visiting the World Center for Birds of Prey.  I look foward to another exciting term of Bird by Birding!


Ready to Go!

September 25, 2013 - 2:28pm -- kgnojewski

Last week the students set up our feeders on campus.  As an urban school, we have limited space to place them.  The students chose a small planted area in the parking lot as our feeding station.  As part of the set up process, students learned about the pros and cons of each feeder, likely visitors and the type of food that each feeder holds.  Our first data set included two mourning doves hiding in a red pine in the parking lot.  I noticed a sharp shinned hawk flying over the feeder this weekend as I was visiting school.  Hopefully the students will have an opportunity to view this predator in action.   




Species Count Disposition Date and Time Link

Pine Siskin (Carduelis pinus)
1 Feeder 03/17/2016 - 12:30pm Details

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
1 Perched 03/17/2016 - 12:30pm Details

Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)
1 Feeder 03/17/2016 - 12:30pm Details

American Goldfinch (Carduelis tristis)
1 Perched 03/16/2016 - 8:30am Details

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)
3 Ground 03/15/2016 - 12:30pm Details

Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)
2 Perched 03/14/2016 - 8:30am Details

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
1 Ground 03/14/2016 - 8:30am Details

Pine Siskin (Carduelis pinus)
1 Feeder 03/14/2016 - 8:30am Details

Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)
1 Ground 03/14/2016 - 8:30am Details

Pine Siskin (Carduelis pinus)
3 Feeder 03/10/2016 - 8:30am Details


Kristin Gnojewski, Grade 8
Boise, Idaho USA
Latitude: 43.6126
Longitude: -116.209


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