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November Birding News

November 30, 2017 - 5:18pm -- michelleaxtell

This was a great month for birding at Star. When Mr. Willadsen visited, everyone got to use the field glasses to bird watch with him. We also reviewed common birds of our area and began to use the Indenti-flyer to hear the different calls. We rolled out our birding library, and it's very popular for independent reading time. We even added 3 new birding books. We spent some time studying Arctic habitats, so we focused on Snowy owls and thier adaptations. Then, students created their own Snowy Owls as an art project. 

Birds of Star

October 25, 2017 - 1:50pm -- michelleaxtell

Mr. Willadsen visited on a rainy day last week, so we didn't go outside to look for birds with him. Still, we learned a lot about the birds of our area. We learned about the size, silhouette, field markings, and behavior of 7 birds we are likely to see around here. We also learned about what time of year we can expect to see each bird because of migration. Our favorites were the Kestrel and the Black-capped Chickadee. 

What a flock!

October 19, 2017 - 7:54am -- michelleaxtell

Last week, the birds finally found our feeder. We saw about 20 birds at once all around it. Next, we checked out their field markings and we think they were mostly house finches. They like to stay in the bushes across the canal when we go outside. As soon as we go inside, they perch on the fence and feeders. Some stay on the ground and pick up seeds. A few of them like to chase other birds away from the feeders. When we tried to take a picture, most of them left. The birds must have been eating all weekend because the feeder was empty on Monday! We think they are migrating and getting ready for winter. 

Anticipating a Great Year of Birding

September 29, 2017 - 1:48pm -- michelleaxtell

Our class is very excited about bird watching. We filled our feeders last week, took our program pre-assessments, and watched a video about identifying birds. Next, Mr. Willadsen will visit and we'll talk about using field glasses. Now, if we could just spy some birds. The feeders just haven't been discovered yet!


What we've seen this school year


Species Count Disposition Date and Time Link

Rock Pigeon/Dove (Columba livia)
2 Perched 01/16/2018 - 9:15am Details

House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)
40 Feeder 11/30/2017 - 2:15pm Details

House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)
1 Feeder 11/30/2017 - 9:15am Details

House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)
7 Perched 11/13/2017 - 9:15am Details

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
1 Perched 11/08/2017 - 9:15am Details

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
8 Feeder 11/07/2017 - 9:15am Details

House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)
14 Perched 11/02/2017 - 9:15am Details

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
2 Ground 11/02/2017 - 9:15am Details

American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)
1 Flying 10/26/2017 - 9:15am Details

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
8 Feeder 10/26/2017 - 9:15am Details


Michelle Axtell , Grade 2
Star, Idaho USA


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