Star Elementary

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Kestrel Eggs

April 7, 2017 - 10:26am -- michelleaxtell

Today we checked on our two American Kestrel nest boxes. There were no eggs in our front box. We were disappointed because chicks had hatched in that box for the past 3 years. Then we checked the box at the back of the building. There are 6 eggs in that box! This is good news because Starlings had layed their eggs in that box the past 2 years. We are looking forward to seeing the chicks hatch in a few weeks.

Bird of Prey Lesson

January 24, 2017 - 4:13pm -- michelleaxtell

Last week a Kestrel came to visit our bird feeder. The teacher next door happened to see the Kestrel on the ground. She took a photo for us and told us that the bird was eating seeds on the ground. After seeing the photo and identifying the Kestrel, we knew it probably wasn't eating seeds. When we went out to investigate we found a scattering of feathers.

Curlews in the Classroom

December 15, 2016 - 10:34am -- michelleaxtell

Yesterday we had a visit from Heather Hayes of IBO. She taught us all about Long-billed curlews, their habitat, studies underway, and conservation efforts. It was super cool to see the curlew bill and the banding equipment. We are excited to follow the migration maps. Also, we're going to use the holiday break to brainstorm names for the naming contest. We have some great ideas already!

Bird fireworks

December 7, 2016 - 10:31am -- michelleaxtell

Mr. Willadsen came to help us make bird feeders last week.He helped us put Crisco and pinecones and birdseeds on it . Many kids saw birds on the feeders when they hung them up. We saw 50 House sparrows that lit the sky like fireworks! We also found a Goldfinch.

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What we've seen this school year

Observations

Species Count Disposition Date and Time Link

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
1 Flying 10/26/2017 - 9:15am Details

European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)
1 Flying 10/26/2017 - 9:15am Details

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
3 Flying 10/25/2017 - 9:15am Details

House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)
4 Feeder 10/25/2017 - 9:15am Details

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
1 Perched 10/25/2017 - 9:15am Details

Black-billed Magpie (Pica hudsonia)
1 Perched 10/25/2017 - 9:15am Details

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
16 Perched 10/24/2017 - 9:15am Details

House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)
1 Flying 10/24/2017 - 9:15am Details

Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)
4 Perched 10/24/2017 - 9:15am Details

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
1 Flying 10/24/2017 - 9:15am Details

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Michelle Axtell , Grade 2
Star, Idaho USA

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