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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"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 

The Sighting of a Pregnant Bunting

May 18, 2016 - 10:01pm -- helenfisher

While at the intermountain bird observation Boise river site on May17, 2016 we saw lazuli bunting that was a female.  It had a brood spot where it keeps its eggs warm.  The female is not the amazing blue of the male lazuli bunting, but Heidi noted that she had more bluish color  than normal.  The Boise River riparian zone is not where Heidi usually expects to see the lazuli bunting nest, but the eggs we could see through her skin suggested a nest near by.

The Tiny, but Adventurous Bird By: Berkli, Grady, & Katie

May 18, 2016 - 9:53pm -- helenfisher

The Tiny, but Adventurous Bird     By: Berkli, Grady, & Katie


We went Birding at the BSU birding station with Heidi Ware. We saw, heard, and caught many birds. The one bird that interested us most was the Black-Chinned Hummingbird. The Black-Chinned Hummingbird is fairly small, Heidi said it weighed about the same weight as a penny. It’s green with a black head and chin with a purple tint (that you can only see in the light). They didn’t have a band for it, but Heidi told us about it’s age and where it probably came from. She said it was probably about 1 year old, and that it most likely migrated to Mexico, and then came back. When it was time to set the bird free, everyone in the class got to let it go. Some of us noticed the sound the wings made when it flew off. Instead of flying out of sight, it flew to a nearby tree and perched there for a few minutes.


A Yellow Warbler Encounter

May 18, 2016 - 9:37pm -- helenfisher

Myles, 7th Grade 

It was a sunny day at the Intermountain Bird Observatory near the Boise River.  I was looking at quartz crystals on the ground when I heard a chirping noise.... it was a Yellow Warbler!  I ran over to Heidi, and there it was.  It had red stripes on its breast which told me it was a male.  Heidi was banding it, and when she was done, me and my classmates set it free.  In conclusion:

Fly free little birdie!


What we've seen this school year


Helen Fisher, Grade 5
Boise, Idaho USA


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