Trail Wind Elementary

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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!

Myriad and colorful!

February 29, 2016 - 8:54am -- karenp

During last Thursday's birding, we observed a wonderful variety of birds, including: Dark-eyed Junco, Mourning Dove, House Finch, California Quail, House Sparrow, Lesser Goldfinch, and American Goldfinch. This was our first sighting of lessers, so back in the classroom, we looked online and compared lessers to Americans. The two Mourning Dove actually sat under a tree for a minute after a couple of students noticed them, then flew into a nearby tree, giving all kids a chance to see them up close. We noticed that the birds' colors are getting more noticeable, especially the pinkish red of the House Finch. It was a beautiful day to bird!

Goose flyover

January 26, 2016 - 8:02am -- karenp

On our last trip to the feeders, we had the good luck to have two separate flocks of Canada Geese fly right over our heads. The kids had to count fast! We counted 63 geese as they went over. We also had tons of birds at our feeders---almost 30 California Quail, which are so fun to watch. Great birding!


What we've seen this school year


Species Count Disposition Date and Time Link

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
4 Feeder 02/06/2017 - 9:15am Details

House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)
4 Feeder 02/06/2017 - 9:15am Details

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
1 Flying 02/06/2017 - 9:15am Details

Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)
2 Ground 02/06/2017 - 9:15am Details

Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)
6 Feeder 01/17/2017 - 12:15pm Details

Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria)
7 Feeder 01/17/2017 - 12:15pm Details

California Quail (Callipepla californica)
2 Ground 01/17/2017 - 12:15pm Details

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
9 Feeder 01/17/2017 - 12:15pm Details

House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)
4 Feeder 01/17/2017 - 12:15pm Details

American Robin (Turdus migratorius)
2 Perched 01/17/2017 - 12:15pm Details


Karen Palazzolo, Grade 5
Boise, Idaho USA


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