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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House finch disease concern

November 5, 2016 - 11:26am -- helenfisher

At school we noticed a finch with particularly untidy feathers on the head and one wing.  We wondered if the bird had been attacked and survived,or if it was molting late.  On Thursday, students from 5th grade reported a new window collision and dead bird.  It was our untidy finch.  On examination, I noticed that the flight feather was irregular because of a swollen lesion at the base; a tumor like swelling on the forehead, and another on the foot.  Today at my home feeder, I saw two more finches with prominences on their foreheads.  I will post more information about an eye disease for us to watch for.

First Junco of the Year!

October 20, 2016 - 11:20am -- helenfisher

Today a exciting thing happened. We got our first Junco. It was perching on the fence over by a Magnolia tree. One of our new classmates Conner spotted it while our Math/Science teacher Doctor Fisher was tellig us about Amarylis. When Conner asked, "What's that?' We all turned towards where he was pointing and saw the Junco. We are very excited that the Junco's are now coming to our feeders. 

Bird Attack! By: Sofia Hays 5th Grade

October 19, 2016 - 2:22pm -- helenfisher

Bird amounts are growing everyday! SO MANY BIRDS!!!! But birds are also disappearing because of cats and other predators! Help keep our poor birds alive by keeping your cats indoors and maybe even putting putting bird feeders in your yard! By putting up bird baths and bird feeders you are helping lots of different kinds of birds like finches, sparrows, and robins! If you get to know them birds can be very interesting, like the diffrences between the males and females and their songs! Birds are very pretty their patterns mark their kind. Try to look for birds one day, though they might be hard to find. I have noticed that the finches liked the sunflower seed feeder more than the other seeds we have out. Thats what i know about birds!!!

"SLIGHTLY CLUMSY SWALLOWS" by Morgan and Tristan

May 18, 2016 - 10:11pm -- helenfisher
I recently went on a birding trip and there were many cool birds, but a cool little bird called the cedar waxwing had something that really caught my eye. It had a strange crest on its head, and a black eye-mask like a raccoon mask.  The waxwing had cool yellow colors at the end of the tail, blue at the base of the tail and wings, and other than that it has waxy tanish feathers. The cedar waxwing also has a sleek starling like build.  The tail is short and sort of square. They are social.  Three were caught in the mist nets at the same time.  You see them often in groups year round.  One book said that they fly like fat slightly clumsy swallows, and that you can find them in rural, or some urban areas.   That is why this is such a cool bird!
 
That is my and Tristan's blog hope you liked it 

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Helen Fisher, Grade 5
Boise, Idaho USA

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