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Bird City

April 21, 2015 - 3:43pm -- michelleaxtell

This afternoon we noticed many birds at our feeder all at once. One student exclaimed, "It was like bird city!".  There was also a Starling peeking out of one of our Kestrel nest boxes.  We have to climb up this week and see if there is a nest inside.

No Fooling

April 2, 2015 - 2:01pm -- michelleaxtell

On April 1st, the class shared a variety of birds spotted during spring break.  Here's the list:

Golden and Bald eagles, hummingbirds, House sparrows, Ospreys, ducks, Kestrel, Ravens, geese, blackbirds, starlings, Red-tailed hawks, robins, gulls, crows,  grebes, black-capped chickadees and flickers.  One student was also excited to announce that the trails at Camelsback Park are named after birds.  

Spring Break Birding

March 20, 2015 - 4:04pm -- michelleaxtell

We cleaned up the classroom and filled the feeders. We will look forward to seeing how much birdseed is used while we are gone next week.  We predict more birds will visit when less people are around.  The class is also going to concentrate on spotting birds wherever they are during the vacation.  Maybe we'll have some exotic sightings!

A Flock of Guests

March 16, 2015 - 4:33pm -- michelleaxtell

Last week was an exciting time for students to learn and share through the Bird by Bird program.  First, we had a wonderful visit with Slim, the Golden Eagle, and her handler Monte.  The students were intent on knowing as much as possible about Slim and her counterparts in the wild.  A few days later, our school hosted a SLAM night (Science, Language, Math and Art Night).  Of course, our Science activity was bird watching!  The students showed their families our identification and recording materials.  Then, they shared their field glasses with parents and siblings.  The families were truly impressed at the students' awareness of native birds.  Thanks to great weather, participants were able to see mourning doves, kestrels, geese, ducks, gulls, finches, and sparrows.


What we've seen this school year


Species Count Disposition Date and Time Link

European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)
2 Flying 05/15/2017 - 9:30am Details

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

American Kestrel (Falco sparverius)
2 Perched 05/11/2017 - 9:30am Details

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)
1 Flying 05/11/2017 - 9:30am Details

California Quail (Callipepla californica)
1 Ground 05/11/2017 - 9:30am Details

Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)
2 Flying 05/11/2017 - 9:30am Details

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
3 Flying 05/11/2017 - 9:30am Details

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)
3 Ground 05/08/2017 - 9:15am Details

Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)
1 Perched 05/08/2017 - 9:15am Details

Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)
1 Feeder 05/08/2017 - 9:15am Details


Michelle Axtell , Grade 2
Star, Idaho USA


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