Trail Wind Elementary

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We are up and running at Trail Wind!

September 1, 2017 - 9:13am -- karenp

We filled placed our bird feeders in the outdoor classroom and got them filled on Tuesday! We also added a hummingbird feeder to see if we could draw some hummingbirds in before they migrate. Miss Vicky came on Wednesday, and we learned what special qualities make a bird a bird. She brought a Kestrel, which was a hit with the students. Of course, I forgot to take pictures again, so no uploaded pictures go with this post.

On the second day of school, when I explained how my class gets to participate in the Bird by Bird program, what we get to do, and that we were going on a bird banding field trip, one little girl was literally vibrating with excitement in her chair. So cute! Future birders are being made at Trail Wind. :)

Beautiful day on the river

May 5, 2017 - 7:12am -- karenp

Our class hit the jackpot in the weather lottery for our birding field trip! Jackets were optional yesterday morning as we arrived at the Boise River and met Miss Heidi and Miss Vicky. Due to the flooding, we couldn't band birds, but we saw vultures, flicker, heron, geese, seagulls, cowbirds, ravens, and other birds. We learned more about bird song and sonagrams, listened to bird song, and created our own sonagrams from environmental sounds. We even had a wren answer when Miss Heidi played wren song. Miss Heidi also showed us her trail cameras, and the kids got to see what kinds of wildlife ( and people!) use the area. What a fun way to spend a morning. :)

Bird Song Heroes

April 20, 2017 - 11:45am -- karenp

Miss Vicky's visit this month focused on bird song. We talked about the difference between songs and calls, listened to some different birds' songs, and talked about how the syrinx allows birds to make more than one noise at a time. The hit of the visit was the Bird Song Hero interactive on the All About Birds website. The kids were great at identifying which sonogram matched the correct bird's song! One student shared that he had heard two chickadees singing "cheeseburger" to each other in his neighborhood.

Amazing day on the Greenbelt

March 23, 2017 - 2:36pm -- karenp

Due to sharing a bus with another class, we had an hour to kill at Julia Davis Park before our Wednesday Boise Art Museum tour. Miss Vicky luckily had the morning free and was able to meet us at the park. Miss Vicky, my 27 students, and I strapped on our binoculars and hit the Greenbelt! We had been "on the road" for about two minutes when Miss Vicky heard a Cooper's Hawk. As we listened, we spotted it in a tree. Just as we saw it, it took off from the tree along with its mate AND a Great-horned Owl about which the hawks were not happy! The Cooper's Hawks chased the owl toward the Greenbelt, and we were able to see that the owl had something in its talons. We found all three birds in trees by the river. While all kids got great looks through their binoculars, the hawks dive-bombed the owl repeatedly as it sat in a tree! What a cool thing for the kids to see. I never see stuff like that when I'm on the Greenbelt---Miss Vicky must be a lucky charm! We also saw Wood Ducks, widgeon, and other waterfowl up close in the canal. The birding gods were smiling down on us!


What we've seen this school year


Species Count Disposition Date and Time Link

Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)
5 Ground 01/10/2019 - 10:15am Details

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
15 Feeder 01/10/2019 - 10:15am Details

House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)
1 Feeder 01/10/2019 - 10:15am Details

Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria)
13 Feeder 01/10/2019 - 10:15am Details

Eurasian Collared Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)
4 Perched 01/10/2019 - 10:15am Details

Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum)
56 Perched 11/27/2018 - 10:15am Details

Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)
6 Ground 11/27/2018 - 10:15am Details

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
4 Feeder 11/27/2018 - 10:15am Details

House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)
4 Feeder 11/27/2018 - 10:15am Details

Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria)
1 Feeder 11/09/2018 - 10:15am Details


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


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