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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Chipping, Bells, and Raucous Trills

February 26, 2015 - 5:01pm -- helenfisher

Your would think the school on the bench is in a cattail marsh.  We have spent four springs by the Morris Hill Cemetery and this is the first for red winged blackbirds. The two males a couple of weeks ago have grown to morning, mid-day, afternoon and evening raids of the feeders of up to nine blackbirds at a time!!  In a tree on the school ground between 20 and 30 male redwings will be chipping, bell-ringing and trilling.  No wonder we feel like we are in the marsh.  The redwings eat from the sunflower feeder and when that is done, they move to the ground feeder!  We thought that the smaller birds and doves would be pushed away by the rowdy flock, but not so.  House finches, house sparrows, juncos, doves, fewer gold finch and our chickadees still dive in to spaces between blackbirds.  For all their noise, redwings are social.  We did see some wing displays at the feeder this week.  We have not seen pine siskins for a couple of weeks!  Did the warm February send them on to nest making forests?


Red-Winged Blackbird Surprise on the Bench

February 8, 2015 - 12:43pm -- helenfisher

During a foggy week at the end of January, a very surprising visitor graced the sunflower feeder at The Village.  Two red-wing blackbirds spent about 20 minutes extracting seed from the feeders.  The sixth grade class watched through binoculars and saw the flashy red shoulders.  Surprisingly other small birds continued to feed while the blackbirds dangled from the feeder.  The show lasted long enough for some of the first grade class to come out and watch.  Our fifth grade teacher said that he also saw a blackbird at the feeder the day before.

How common is this?  We are about a mile from the cattail marshes at Kathryn Albertons's park.  But we did not expect that these wetland birds would fly up into the suburb above their wetland and eat seed from a feeder!  Sadly, our guests have not returned, although we wish they would.

bald eagle sighting at the village

January 13, 2015 - 12:52pm -- helenfisher

Yesterday, 1/12/15, during recess, 8th grader Logan, while walking towards the fence by the canal.  I was looking up through the trees to see if I could find some squirrels to watch. I saw a big bird about to fly through the trees. The features I saw on the bird: white head, yellow beak, white tail, brown wings and body. I then thought, "It couldn't be, could it?" It was. I just saw a Bald Eagle fly through the trees by the canal, above the the Village backyard, above the portables, and disappear, flying to the cemetery.  After that, never saw it the rest of the day.  

River's Update from Finch Village

January 13, 2015 - 12:30pm -- helenfisher


We saw only two types of bird species today, a black-capped chickadee and a house finch (I think the house finches really love us or something). There were so many house finches almost thirty of them! We would have seen so much more, but what can I say, kids love to play with birds. I would of love to see more of the pine siskin, the pine siskin's are an amazing bird! They have all sorts of coloring.  Well today was a awesome day to see so many birds at the Village Charter!


What we've seen this school year


Species Count Disposition Date and Time Link

American Robin (Turdus migratorius)
1 Perched 02/15/2017 - 11:15am Details

House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)
1 Perched 02/15/2017 - 11:15am Details

Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)
7 Perched 02/15/2017 - 11:15am Details

European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)
2 Flying 02/15/2017 - 11:15am Details

American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)
1 Flying 02/15/2017 - 11:15am Details

American Goldfinch (Carduelis tristis)
8 Feeder 02/15/2017 - 8:15am Details

California Gull (Larus californicus)
2 Flying 02/13/2017 - 10:30am Details

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
2 Perched 02/13/2017 - 9:15am Details

Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)
1 Perched 02/13/2017 - 9:15am Details

American Robin (Turdus migratorius)
1 Perched 02/13/2017 - 9:15am Details


Helen Fisher, Grade 5
Boise, Idaho USA


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