Trail Wind Elementary

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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!

Birds through the glass.

December 11, 2015 - 2:03pm -- karenp

Our class saw many birds through the glass because they could not see us. We saw at least twenty birds sitting on the feeders and on the ground. They were easy to see with the binoculars. It was like a entire city of birds! It was really cool.-Jacob Meyer Mrs. Palazzolos.

Facts about the Great Gray Owl

December 7, 2015 - 10:13am -- karenp

During her visit, Miss Vicki told us some of the adaptations of the great gray owl. Here are some of the adaptations: the great gray owl can turn its head about 270 degrees; the great gray owl has ears that are kind of like cups so it can hear small little things in the snow; the great gray owl and all the other owls have the cup like ears placed at different places on the head or skull so one of the ears might be higher in position than the other one. This helps them focus on the sound and which angle it is coming from so they have to make that angle the same on both ears. That is why you might see that owls keep on moving their heads up or down or to the right or to the left so they can focus on the sound their food is making. Their cup-like ears make the sound louder, also.


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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