Star Elementary

What's New

Flock of Finches

November 3, 2016 - 2:20pm -- michelleaxtell

We've been enjoying a small flock of House Finches outside our door. They stay in the bushes across the canal until the students are inside. Then, they swarm our feeders. Fortunately, we have windows, so we've had great opportunities to count them and observe their markings. They sure are fiesty when it comes to guarding the food supply!

Heron Visit

October 19, 2016 - 12:32pm -- michelleaxtell

Today we saw a Great Blue Heron perched on a pole across the canal from our classroom. It sat for a long time, looking into the canal. Maybe it was looking for food. Finally, it flew away. Luckily, we got a few pictures.

Learning About BBB

October 18, 2016 - 11:59am -- michelleaxtell

Mr. Willadsen has visited twice. In September, he helped us set up our feeders. We learned each other's names and talked about our favorite birds.

Since then, we have seen a lot of birds. Our bird watchers are going outside every morning and working hard to find birds. When Mr. Willadsen came last week, he taught us about how to better identify birds. Now, we are looking for size, silhouettes, field markings, and behavior. We know we can be watching for Eagles, Magpies, Black-capped Chickadees, Finches, Robins, Pheasants, California Quail, Crows, Ravens, Canadian Geese, Blue Heron, Falcons, Mourning Doves, American Kestrels, and Dark-Eyed Junkos. 


June 2, 2016 - 3:09pm -- michelleaxtell

Here is the last photo of our Kestrel chicks. We don't want to disturb them again, as they'll be getting close to fledging age soon. 




What we've seen this school year


Species Count Disposition Date and Time Link

Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)
1 Perched 05/23/2017 - 9:15am Details

House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)
1 Flying 05/23/2017 - 9:15am Details

Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapilla)
1 Perched 05/23/2017 - 9:15am Details

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)
25 Flying 05/22/2017 - 9:30am Details

Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)
3 Perched 05/22/2017 - 9:30am Details

Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)
1 Flying 05/22/2017 - 9:30am Details

European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)
1 Flying 05/22/2017 - 9:30am Details

American Kestrel (Falco sparverius)
1 Perched 05/22/2017 - 9:30am Details

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)
1 Flying 05/22/2017 - 9:30am Details

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
1 Flying 05/22/2017 - 9:30am Details


Michelle Axtell , Grade 2
Star, Idaho USA


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