Trail Wind Elementary

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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.

Double dose of birds

January 19, 2018 - 4:40pm -- karenp

Miss Vicky came to our room on Thursday and talked to the students about flight and how birds fly. This dovetailed (ha! a pun!) nicely with the Forces of Flight unit we did during first semester before our field trip to the Gowen Air Show. It was a good week for bird-learning because a Trail Wind volunteer had scheduled a visit by the World Center for Birds of Prey. We got to see a Eurasian Eagle Owl, an Aplomado Falcon (so amazingly beautiful---I'd never seen one before!), and a Golden Eagle. What a treat!


What we've seen this school year


Species Countsort descending Disposition Date and Time Link

American Robin (Turdus migratorius)
1 Feeder 01/29/2015 - 1:30pm Details

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
1 Flying 10/10/2016 - 9:15am Details

Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapilla)
1 Perched 02/06/2017 - 9:15am Details

California Quail (Callipepla californica)
1 Ground 11/27/2017 - 10:30am Details

American Goldfinch (Carduelis tristis)
1 Feeder 03/16/2015 - 1:00pm Details

American Robin (Turdus migratorius)
1 Flying 10/06/2015 - 2:15pm Details

California Gull (Larus californicus)
1 Flying 01/29/2015 - 1:30pm Details

American Goldfinch (Carduelis tristis)
1 Perched 12/11/2015 - 1:15pm Details

American Robin (Turdus migratorius)
1 Ground 02/06/2017 - 9:15am Details

Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)
1 Ground 10/13/2014 - 1:00pm Details


Karen Palazzolo, Grade 5
Boise, Idaho USA


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