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

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.

A New School Site and New Birding

October 26, 2017 - 9:48am -- helenfisher

The Village has moved!  Our school is now located on Fairview Avenue, a very busy traffic area.  We located our feeders on the side of our building opposite Winco.  But the new bird garden is landscaped with bark and new trees, shrubs and grasses that offer little cover or food.  So at the moment the birds have not yet noticed the feeder.  But the ground feeder has attracted a flock of mourning doves with occasional Eurasian collared doves.  

House Finch Fledglings

June 1, 2017 - 4:45pm -- helenfisher

For much of the month of May, a pair of house finch, two male American goldfinch, and a pair of lesser gold finch found morning and evening sustenance at our feeders.  It was a quiet time at our window.  But for the last week, clown-like baby finches, have been shaking their wings and arching their greedy mouths at frantic adults.  Filling the sunflower feeder is a twice a day task.  One of the best additions to our feeding poles is a clamp to attach natural branches.  The babies perch on the twigs by their adults, begging for food.  And we have watched the regurgitation process. We think that the young American goldfinch are much more independent.  The adults drop them off at the thistle feeder and leave them to it. Vegetation in the garden is attracting more feeding away from the feeder too.

The Golden Jackets are Nearly Complete

April 11, 2017 - 4:04pm -- helenfisher

It has been so interesting to watch the American goldfinch boys shed their greys for golds.  Sometime in February we noticed the transition beginning.  We read that only the body feathers are molting at this time of the year, and the beautiful black and white barring on the wings is already fresh and new after an earlier flight feather molt.  Over the spring break we returned to see our golden boys flitting around the feeders, and the lesser goldfinches returned after being gone for some months. Spring is certainly exciting.


What we've seen this school year


Species Count Disposition Date and Time Link

Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis)
1 Perched 02/13/2018 - 9:30am Details

European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)
1 Flying 02/13/2018 - 9:30am Details

House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)
1 Flying 02/13/2018 - 9:30am Details

California Gull (Larus californicus)
6 Flying 02/12/2018 - 9:30am Details

American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)
2 Perched 02/12/2018 - 9:30am Details

American Goldfinch (Carduelis tristis)
4 Perched 02/12/2018 - 9:30am Details

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
3 Perched 02/12/2018 - 9:30am Details

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
4 Perched 02/07/2018 - 9:15am Details

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
4 Perched 02/07/2018 - 9:15am Details

American Goldfinch (Carduelis tristis)
5 Perched 02/07/2018 - 9:15am Details


Helen Fisher, Grade 5
Boise, Idaho USA


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