Trail Wind Elementary

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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!

Finally, a goldfinch!

November 10, 2016 - 3:39pm -- karenp

We finally saw a goldfinch at our feeders today! It was a pretty little Lesser Goldfinch. Mrs. Palazzolo keeps telling the students that she lives less than a mile from school, has several Lesser Goldfinch on her feeder EVERY DAY, and can't figure out why they never fly over to Trail Wind! Most students got a good look at it. We've also seen our first Dark-eyed Juncos over the past week or so. At the end of our birding session, the resident squirrel moved in for a late breakfast. :(

Students speak

October 11, 2016 - 3:52pm -- karenp

A collection of student thoughts on our recent birding activities . . .

1-Our class is in the Bird by Bird program, and we have been birdwatching. So far, we have seen quail, house finch, mourning dove, a warbler (unidentified!), and house sparrows.

2-Miss Vicky came to visit yesterday, and I was super excited to learn more about the birds and see the American Kestrel. It was so cool!

3-I loved it when Miss Vicky came in. I also loved when she took out the raptor; it was a girl. Miss Vicky was funny.

4-Yesterday, we got to see an American Kestrel. She was beautiful-looking and chattery and sweet. She lost her left eye, so if she flies, she can get hurt.

5-Miss Vicky had a PowerPoint to tell us about birds. Do you know her favorite bird is a Black-capped Chickadee? It's not my favorite, but it is cute. Finally, the time of the live bird had come. Miss Vicky had brought an American Kestrel, the smallest falcon in the U.S.! The bird had small talons and long, big, thin pointed wings. The bird had only one eye, and they had rescued it. That day was so fun!


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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