Trail Wind Elementary

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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!

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. :(


What we've seen this school year


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


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