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Falcons, and Hawks, and Curlews - oh, my!

January 11, 2016 - 3:36pm -- michelleaxtell

Just before the holiday break, we had a fantastic opportunity to visit with a live Peregrine falcon and a Harris hawk. The falconers taught us a great deal about the characteristics and behaviors of the birds. Students were fascinated and asked terrific questions. They even got to pet the hawk a bit. Then, this week Heidi and Heather from the Intermountain Bird Observatory came to teach us about Curlews. We learned how to identify curlews, where to look, and how to follow their migrations. Students were hooked and spent the rest of the week searching their bird books for curlews and curlew-like birds. We were even invited to submit names for upcoming banding sessions. The students chose names and helped compose a message to Heidi. Here is part of their message:


We would like to submit the names Spud and Star to the curlew naming contest. We chose Spud as a symbol of Idaho and its great potatoes. We do have several areas of farmland around our town wherecurlews might be found eating bugs. And, now that we know the curlews live in our area, we think Star a great name for one of the birds.


A Flock of Birds

November 12, 2015 - 10:58am -- michelleaxtell

After we got done bird watching today, we saw a flock of birds surrounding our feeder. When we went out to count, they all flew away. There were about 40 of them. They like to hide in the weeds by our feeder and then gobble up the seeds. Time for a fill up!

Birds of Star

October 27, 2015 - 3:37pm -- michelleaxtell

Today Mr. Willadsen presented information about six common birds we might see in our area.  The students learned about the specific field markings, behaviors, and calls of each species.  We shared our recent experiences with bird watching, both at school and outside of school.  The students made excellent diagrams and notes about their favorite birds.

Time to Fall in Love With Birding

October 4, 2015 - 7:55pm -- michelleaxtell

Fall is an exciting time to watch the migrating birds. The feeders are ready and waiting.  Our facilitator, Eric Willadsen, visited last Wednesday to help make sure our classroom is ready.  The students learned about key features to look for when identifying birds.  Eric also taught us a migration game and coordinated binocular practice for each child.  I anticipate another great year of birding! 


What we've seen this school year


Species Count Disposition Date and Time Link

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

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
1 Flying 05/25/2017 - 9:15am Details

American Kestrel (Falco sparverius)
1 Flying 05/25/2017 - 9:15am Details

Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)
2 Flying 05/25/2017 - 9:15am Details

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
1 Flying 05/25/2017 - 9:15am Details

American Kestrel (Falco sparverius)
1 Perched 05/23/2017 - 9:15am Details

Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)
3 Flying 05/23/2017 - 9:15am Details

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


Michelle Axtell , Grade 2
Star, Idaho USA


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