Village Charter School

Birding continues at the Village Charter School on Orchard his year.  Sixth grade is making a study of birds in science this year, and middle math students take daily birding breaks.  House finches, lesser gold finches, sparrows, and doves make living in our classroom a delight, and binoculars are ready to be pulled out in seconds.  I love this way to being with kids; oh and we do learn math too.  

What's New

Heidi talks raptors

December 7, 2017 - 9:47am -- helenfisher

This week BSU ornithologist came to TVCS 6th grades to teach how to identify raptor species that we think we are seeing near school.  She taught us about Accipiters, Buteos, and Falcons.  Fastest fliers, the falcons, flap and catch prey on the wing.  They have long pointed wings that reach nearly to end of the tail.  Their wings are not designed for soaring, but fast flapping.  Buteos have broad shorter wings with finger feathers that are designed for soaring and looking down on the ground to pounce upon small rodents and grasshoppers.  The accipiters a fast and are masters of sharp turns.  Their wings are shorter and adapted for flying through trees in pursuit of song birds. Accipiters both flap and glide.  We think we are seeing accipiters or an even a merlin (falcon) hunting doves near our school.  She said that we are likely to be observing the accipiter species,Coopers hawk, or sharp-shinned hawk.  It is sometimes difficult to tell them apart unless we can see them perching.

Predators Sighted

November 28, 2017 - 9:46am -- helenfisher

We have lately seen a hawk that is harassing the local pigeons and doves. We have not yet identified it but possibilities are: Sharp-Shinned Hawk, Merlin, and possibly the Coopers Hawk.

Happy for Birders!

November 7, 2017 - 9:20am -- helenfisher

The nut hatch was constantly going to the feeder collecting one sunflower seed to stash it in a nearby tree. The gold finch was feeding at the finch seed feeder and stayed there until a car drove by. The mourning doves were also feeding on the ground feeder and actually flew on top of the water bath.

Our First Gold Finch!!!!

October 31, 2017 - 9:39am -- helenfisher

We got our first Gold Finch in our garden. It was on our feeders then flew to a nearby tree and sat there for a good 5 minutes for us to observe. The Gold Finch also did some bird calls we heard cheep-cheep and also the ch-eee-p.


What we've seen this school year


Species Count Disposition Date and Time Link

American Goldfinch (Carduelis tristis)
3 Perched 01/11/2018 - 9:15am Details

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
10 Flying 01/11/2018 - 9:15am Details

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
2 Flying 01/08/2018 - 9:30am Details

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
1 Perched 01/08/2018 - 9:30am Details

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
5 Flying 01/08/2018 - 9:30am Details

American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)
3 Flying 01/08/2018 - 9:30am Details

Franklin's Gull (Larus pipixcan)
9 Flying 01/08/2018 - 9:30am Details

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
7 Perched 01/04/2018 - 9:30am Details

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
10 Flying 01/04/2018 - 9:30am Details

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)
10 Flying 01/04/2018 - 9:30am Details


Helen Fisher, Grade 5
Boise, Idaho USA

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