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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. 



River Trip

May 27, 2016 - 9:45am -- michelleaxtell

 Thank  you to Mr. Willadsen for leading a great bird-watching adventure to the Star River Walk. Students enjoyed trying to find and identify birds. They learned the importance of knowing bird calls, as the foilage was thick near the river! We heard more birds than we saw. 



May 19, 2016 - 2:19pm -- michelleaxtell
We have American Kestrel chicks in our nest box in the front parking lot! This is our third year hosting a nesting pair. You can often see the parents bringing field mice to feed the chicks. There were 6 eggs. It's hard to tell from the photos whether we have 5 little chicks or if a 6th might be snuggled under the group.



What we've seen this school year


Species Count Disposition Date and Time Link

American Goldfinch (Carduelis tristis)
1 Flying 10/12/2017 - 9:15am Details

American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)
8 Perched 10/10/2017 - 9:30am Details

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
6 Feeder 10/10/2017 - 9:30am Details

Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)
2 Flying 05/26/2017 - 9:45am Details

American Kestrel (Falco sparverius)
1 Perched 05/26/2017 - 9:45am Details

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)
1 Ground 05/26/2017 - 9:45am Details

European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)
10 Flying 05/26/2017 - 9:45am Details

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
3 Ground 05/26/2017 - 9:45am Details

Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)
1 Flying 05/26/2017 - 9:45am Details

Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos)
1 Flying 05/25/2017 - 9:15am Details


Michelle Axtell , Grade 2
Star, Idaho USA


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