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Bird banding extravaganza!

May 12, 2016 - 1:06pm -- karenp

On Monday, we joined Miss Vicky and Miss Heidi for a lovely morning of bird banding. Wow, did the birds cooperate! We caught 4 Lesser Goldfinch, 2 Black-capped Chickadees, 2 gorgeous Lazuli Buntings (males!), 2 Song Sparrows, 1 Brown-headed Cowbird, 1 American Robin, and even an American Kestrel! One of the Song Sparrows was a recapture, so Miss Heidi investigated when it was previously banded. The poor mist net had a foot-wide hole in it after the kestrel got done with it. The students had a fabulous time learning about the birds and releasing them afterward. Thanks, Miss Heidi and Miss Vicky!

Dawn Chorus? Not so much!

April 19, 2016 - 9:26am -- karenp

We went right out after the first bell to see if we could hear the dawn chorus. We mainly heard the roar of the school lawn mower, the buzz of the neighbor's weed-whipper, and the "chorus of the trombones" from the band portable!! A European Starling perched nicely in a tree for us, though, so we got a good look and hear. 

Dawn Chorus in the Afternoon

April 8, 2016 - 4:06pm -- karenp

During her monthly visit, Miss Vicky used the All About Birds website to share fascinating facts about bird vocalizations. We learned how a bird's syrinx helps it make complicated sounds and how to read a sonagram of a bird's song. We played "Bird Song Hero" on All About Birds (highly recommended), and the kids rocked it! Our "field experience" came when we moved to the outdoor classroom, listened for all the bird songs we could hear, and impersonated birds by having our own Dawn Chorus in the afternoon. 

Gorgeous day for birding

March 31, 2016 - 8:25am -- karenp

Boy, we picked the perfect day to observe our feeders! It was sunny, warm, and spring-like. The Lesser Goldfinch males' colors have gotten much brighter. We did not see our usual large amount of California Quail, but we think they might be pairing off for the summer and not in large groups any more. We have several morning doves that like to rest under the bushes in the corner of the outdoor classroom. The kids enjoy them because they will often just sit and look at us if we are quiet as we go by. After birding, we read our library books in the sunshine as an end-of-day treat!

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Karen Palazzolo, Grade 5
Boise, Idaho USA

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