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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! 

Star River Walk

May 22, 2015 - 3:34pm -- michelleaxtell

Mr. Stevens facilitated a fantastic walking field trip to the Star River Walk.  If you haven't visited the area yet, we highly recommend checking out the beautiful, lightly traveled trails at Star Road and the Boise River.  Students learned about native and invasive plant species.  They helped reinforce habitats for the birds living along the river.  We saw a record number of birds out in the lovely spring weather.  It was a cloudy 73 degrees with no rain.  Most excting was the sighting of a Blue Heron which we have not seen near the school.  The class was also excited to tally up:  Mallards, Starlings, Robins, Blackbirds, Geese, Quail, House finches, Mourning doves, and Black-capped chickadees.  What a wonderful way to wrap up our BBB year!

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.  


What we've seen this school year


Species Count Disposition Date and Time Link

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

Black-billed Magpie (Pica hudsonia)
1 Flying 10/12/2017 - 9:15am Details

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


Michelle Axtell , Grade 2
Star, Idaho USA


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