Trail Wind Elementary

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Lovin' the birds!

May 2, 2018 - 4:57pm -- karenp

With all the test review and fourth quarter craziness, we haven't gotten outside as much as I'd like. Just to touch base, I asked the class, "What birds have you been seeing?" In a sight to warm a birder's heart, pretty much all 29 hands immediately shot into the air. Everybody had a sighting or story to share and was enthused about doing so. Kids had been listening to birds, seeing new birds (Killdeer, Great Blue Heron), and talking about birds. They all agreed that they are definitely teaching their families about birds and are considered the bird experts at home!


April 5, 2018 - 3:24pm -- karenp

The outdoor classroom was almost completely devoid of birds on Tuesday (one lonely Lesser Goldfinch!), so we decided to go walkabout. We ended up seeing two crows fly by, land on school grounds, and start cawing. Right after that, two Cooper's Hawks were spotted soaring around the cul-de-sac across the street. On the way into the building, a male robin kindly landed in a tree by the front door. All in all, some different birds than we usually see at the outdoor classroom!

Students also became Bird Song Heroes at Miss Vicky's Wednesday visit. They scored 90% on Ultimate Bird Song Hero! Luckily, they are better sound birders than their teacher.

Fill the Bill

March 15, 2018 - 3:53pm -- karenp

Today, we investigated the Fill the Bill activity that I borrowed from Fish and Game. Kids got to use different tools that simulated bird bills to figure out which bill shapes are effective for which food types. We had a good time testing out the "bills!" After, we looked at an online site with different birds/bills: Even before the website, the kids could think of lots of examples of birds with certain bill types. One young lady even named Purple Martins as birds that use a big, gaping mouth as their "tool" to catch flying insects!


February 15, 2018 - 4:23pm -- karenp

We learned about bird eggs at our monthly presentation! Miss Vicky had a very cool PowerPoint with images of different birds, nests, and eggs. Students had fun dissecting hard-boiled eggs to look at the different parts of an egg. Miss Vicky shared many interesting facts about egg coloration, egg shape, and bird development.


What we've seen this school year


Species Count Disposition Date and Time Link

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
4 Feeder 03/29/2019 - 10:15am Details

European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)
2 Flying 03/29/2019 - 10:15am Details

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)
2 Flying 03/29/2019 - 10:15am Details

House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)
6 Perched 03/29/2019 - 10:15am Details

Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)
1 Perched 03/29/2019 - 10:15am Details

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
1 Perched 03/29/2019 - 10:15am Details

Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria)
5 Feeder 03/29/2019 - 10:15am Details

Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)
1 Ground 03/29/2019 - 10:15am Details

House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)
3 Perched 02/28/2019 - 2:30pm Details

Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria)
2 Feeder 02/28/2019 - 2:30pm Details


Karen Palazzolo, Grade 5
Boise, Idaho USA
Latitude: 43.5511
Longitude: -116.136


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