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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!

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. 

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Karen Palazzolo, Grade 5
Boise, Idaho USA

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