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.  

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A Charm of Finches

February 14, 2018 - 9:51am -- helenfisher

Today we saw a charm of finches. One of our members was watching a game show and the question was what is a flock of finches called and the answer was a charm. We also have been sighting predators. Today two of our members were observing the charm of finches when suddenly a Cooper's Hawk swooped down into their line of vision and all of the finches scatered. A week ago we also saw a cat that was stalking the birds. A week ago that time we also saw another cat which was stalking the birds as well. Also, last Thursday a Cooper's Hawk was seen perched on a lamp post near our school. It had been watching us the whole time. We saw no other birds that day.

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.

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What we've seen this school year

Observations

Species Count Dispositionsort descending Date and Time Link

Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)
1 Bath 11/30/2016 - 2:45pm Details

American Goldfinch (Carduelis tristis)
5 Bath 02/14/2018 - 9:30am Details

House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)
3 Bath 11/05/2014 - 9:15am Details

Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)
1 Feeder 02/24/2015 - 11:30am Details

Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapilla)
1 Feeder 01/29/2015 - 1:15pm Details

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
7 Feeder 12/02/2013 - 11:30am Details

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
0 Feeder 12/01/2014 - 9:15am Details

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
2 Feeder 02/28/2017 - 9:00am Details

Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)
1 Feeder 12/09/2013 - 12:30pm Details

House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)
10 Feeder 12/19/2013 - 11:45am Details

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Helen Fisher, Grade 5
Boise, Idaho USA

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