Trail Wind Elementary

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Rain and fences

November 13, 2015 - 2:56pm -- karenp

Even though it was a rainy Monday, we went birding anyway! Because the sidewalk next to the outdoor classroom is being repaired, we've been unable to go to our regular birding spot. We checked out the outdoor classroom from the back side, but we couldn't see the feeders. We did spot six California Quail in the bushes. While we were sheltering under an overhang, six Cedar Waxwings perched in one of the crabapple trees---our first spotting of this species this year! All in all, it was a wet but fun half-hour of birding.

Walking field trip for birds

October 28, 2015 - 1:43pm -- karenp

Our side walk was being fixed so we could not go to our normal spot. We took a walk around the school, and we saw 10 Mourning doves, 55 Eurpean starlings,one northern flicker,and two seagulls. Thats what we got. THANK YOU!!


our first vist

October 8, 2015 - 3:00pm -- karenp

The other day Ms.Vicky came to visit with little Hoot! We liked the visit and Vicky also talked alot about Black Capped Chickadees.

Our first time birding was very exciting to.

Bird Banding!

May 18, 2015 - 11:19am -- karenp

We went bird banding on May 7th, and this is what some of us thought about our adventure!


Bird banding was amazing, watching them band all 6 birds. I want to volunteer when I get older. In the beginning we caught a House Wren and a Dusky Fly Catcher. At first I couldn’t tell them apart, but then I got it. After playing for a minute or two we caught a Downy Wood Pecker which was awesome! A little later we caught 2 Red Winged Black Birds and another magnificent House Wren! I got to have a Red Winged Black Bird clamp on to my finger. I released the other red wing. Since I was so in to it I got to release the 2nd House Wren, and my friend Eric had it jump on his arm! Bird banding was wonderful!


On May 7th Mrs. Palazzolo’s class went bird banding. We caught 2 House Wrens, 2 Red Winged Black Birds, and we also caught a Downy Wood Pecker. Greatest field trip ever! When the bus arrived we walked down the trail and we saw Heidi the bird bander setting up a net. Heidi held the birds up close so we could see them up close. Heidi also had an assistant to help her. When we catch the bird we put them in a warm bag to keep them calm. Six or seven students held out one of their fingers and one of the bird banding people would set the bird onto our fingers and if you were still enough the bird would stay on your finger for a second but usually the bird will fly away pretty fast.


My favorite highlights from bird banding were watching the Wood Pecker peck Ms. Heidi’s hand! It was funny watching her go “Ouch! Ouch! Ouch” Every time! Also, I loved letting them go, and watch them fly from our hand after a few seconds. Another fun highlights was when I saw Mrs. Heidi & Jessica take out the Dusky Fly Catcher from its bag, and watch it poop on Mrs. Heidi’s hand! I also loved the way Ms. Jessica weighed the Dusky Fly Catcher, it was funny and eye popping! I also found it fun when the little birds (besides the Wood Pecker) would swarm around in the little bag we would put them in, they were restless! I had a great time at Bird Banding!


What we've seen this school year


Species Count Disposition Date and Time Link

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
1 Flying 12/01/2016 - 9:15am Details

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
6 Feeder 12/01/2016 - 9:15am Details

House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)
5 Feeder 12/01/2016 - 9:15am Details

Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)
1 Feeder 12/01/2016 - 9:15am Details

European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)
127 Perched 12/01/2016 - 9:15am Details

Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria)
3 Feeder 12/01/2016 - 9:15am Details

California Quail (Callipepla californica)
6 Ground 12/01/2016 - 9:15am Details

Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)
2 Ground 11/10/2016 - 9:15am Details

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
3 Feeder 11/10/2016 - 9:15am Details

Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria)
1 Feeder 11/10/2016 - 9:15am Details


Karen Palazzolo, Grade 5
Boise, Idaho USA


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