Star Elementary

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Owl Pellet & Feather Fun

November 18, 2016 - 5:24pm -- michelleaxtell

My students enjoyed dissecting an owl pellet that I found in the mountains. I prepped it by baking it before bringing it to class. Then, using the document camera, we worked together to find and identify the bones. We decided that the owl had recently eaten two field mice. The bones have been a popular and fascinating attraction all week! Also this week, Mr.Willadsen visited with a great feather experiment. Students tested the temperature of ice on their skin with no protection, with feathers as a barrier, and finally with feathers and air. This brought home the concept of fluffed up feathers as insulation. It was perfect timing, given the cold and blustery day!

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. 


What we've seen this school year


Species Count Disposition Date and Time Link

Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)
1 Flying 10/24/2017 - 9:15am Details

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)
2 Flying 10/18/2017 - 9:30am Details

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
1 Flying 10/18/2017 - 9:30am Details

House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)
10 Feeder 10/18/2017 - 9:30am Details

American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)
1 Flying 10/18/2017 - 9:30am Details

Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)
1 Feeder 10/18/2017 - 9:30am Details

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
1 Perched 10/18/2017 - 9:30am Details

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
4 Perched 10/12/2017 - 9:15am Details

House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)
1 Flying 10/12/2017 - 9:15am Details

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)
1 Flying 10/12/2017 - 9:15am Details


Michelle Axtell , Grade 2
Star, Idaho USA


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