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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!

Owl Pellet Extravaganza

February 21, 2017 - 4:38pm -- karenp

Miss Vicky was "in the house" at Trail Wind's Room 9 last week. The fourth graders got to see a live burrowing owl, dissect owl pellets, and hear different owl sounds through the website. These pellets had so many bones! Several pairs of kids had six skulls in their pellets, and many hip, leg, and other bones were also found. Most of the kids wanted to take the bones home to show their family members. The day after Vicky's visit, one of my students played a recording of an owl that she and her mom had heard while walking the dog the previous night. Perfect timing!

Bird observations "take off"

January 18, 2017 - 8:38am -- karenp

Kids have been reporting on and taking pictures of birds they're seeing in their free time. :) One student returned from the long weekend with a photo of a "cool bird" he'd seen in Washington, so we figured out what it was. We posted a bird observation recording sheet on the board, and students have been writing what they're seeing on the playground and at their homes. Kids are really noticing what's out there, especially since the birds have been swarming all available feeders due to the cold and snow. One parent emailed that she and her son spent an hour watching birds, and he had a great time telling her all about what they were seeing!

So many species!

December 1, 2016 - 3:54pm -- karenp

Our morning birding session included a wide variety of species! At the feeders, we sighted California Quail, Lesser Goldfinch, one Dark-eyed Junco, House Finch, and House Sparrows. A Mourning Dove flew over, so we got to discuss field marks for this bird. A small flock of European Starlings went over, also. Later, one of the students spotted a huge amount of birds sitting on the power lines in the distance. We estimated between 100 and 120 starlings on the power line. It was a treat to see so many species in a 25-minute session!


What we've seen this school year


Species Count Disposition Date and Time Link

Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)
2 Flying 10/02/2017 - 9:45am Details

California Quail (Callipepla californica)
6 Ground 09/18/2017 - 10:00am Details

House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)
1 Perched 09/18/2017 - 10:00am Details

Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapilla)
1 Perched 09/18/2017 - 10:00am Details

American Robin (Turdus migratorius)
1 Flying 09/18/2017 - 10:00am Details

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
2 Ground 05/11/2017 - 9:15am Details

American Robin (Turdus migratorius)
1 Perched 05/11/2017 - 9:15am Details

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)
2 Ground 05/11/2017 - 9:15am Details

American Goldfinch (Carduelis tristis)
3 Feeder 05/11/2017 - 9:15am Details

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
4 Feeder 05/11/2017 - 9:15am Details


Karen Palazzolo, Grade 5
Boise, Idaho USA


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