Star Elementary

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December News

January 7, 2018 - 1:39pm -- michelleaxtell

We had an amazing visit from Mr. W and his friend Cori on December 1st. Cori shared a Great Horned Owl and a Swainson's Hawk with us. We learned a lot about the adaptations of raptors and got a close up look at the features of these birds of prey. They even inspired our classroom holiday door. When Mr. W returned, everyone made a pine cone bird feeder to hang up outside. Mr. W challenged students to keep a log of birds seen at the feeders over the break.

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. 


What we've seen this school year


Species Count Disposition Date and Time Link

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
3 Flying 05/22/2018 - 9:30am Details

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
1 Perched 05/22/2018 - 9:30am Details

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
3 Flying 05/17/2018 - 9:30am Details

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)
3 Flying 05/17/2018 - 9:30am Details

House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)
7 Flying 05/17/2018 - 9:30am Details

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
5 Flying 05/17/2018 - 9:30am Details

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)
6 Flying 05/15/2018 - 10:15am Details

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
1 Flying 05/15/2018 - 10:15am Details

House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)
5 Ground 05/15/2018 - 10:15am Details

Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)
2 Flying 05/15/2018 - 10:15am Details


Michelle Axtell , Grade 2
Star, Idaho USA
Latitude: 43.6985
Longitude: -116.493


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