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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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!

Pine Siskins Visit the Village

January 12, 2015 - 12:22pm -- helenfisher

Today we found a new species at the Village Charter.  This species was a pine siskin.  This bird has a light color pattern of yellow stripes on the birds’ wings with a mix of brown and black.  This species had a pointed beak with a black and pink color.   It’s breast is striped and the birds were eating from the thistle feeder.  This bird was a wonderful sight to see today: I hope we will see more!

A Coopers Hawk at Our Feeder

December 13, 2014 - 11:59am -- helenfisher

TVCS birders have seen a small hawk perching and cruising around our feeders for some time.  Is it a Coopers Hawk or a Sharpshinned Hawk?  Light-colored breast with distinctive orange stripes; dark back although maybe not as solid gray as a mature male and distinctively barred tail that we think spreads out in flight.  We are calling our hawk a Coopers Hawk until someone corrects us.  Last Monday morning was a thrill for the whole 7th grade class.  The hawk and our murder of crows were in battle over the playground territory.  One hawk against one crow, lead to some aerial acrobatics from the pair, but when the crows joined forces, the hawk took off to far tall cottonwoods by the irrigation canal.  

But the morning drama was not over!  Coming out to monitor our feeders, there was the Coopers Hawk again, but this time on some wooden pallets by the feeder, and no small bird sounds or sights.  The whole class came out to watch and the hawk was not bothered.  Fifteen feet away from our not-as-quiet- as-we-might- have-been class of 25, the hawk hopped up to the bird bath, intent on something other than us.  It moved from there to a stack of chairs, then to the nearby portable roof.  We watched the hawk, the hawk watched for some movement near the feeders.  Minutes later, the hawk moved away to hunt elsewhere, but no sooner than it flew away, a chickadee darted out from under the pallets where we first saw the hawk and into the safe shrubbery!  We had witnessed a failed hunt and a chickadee that survived another day.



What we've seen this school year


Species Count Disposition Date and Time Link

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
9 Perched 12/07/2017 - 9:15am Details

American Goldfinch (Carduelis tristis)
2 Flying 12/05/2017 - 9:45am Details

Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis)
1 Flying 12/05/2017 - 9:45am Details

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
3 Ground 12/05/2017 - 9:45am Details

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
5 Perched 12/05/2017 - 9:45am Details

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
13 Flying 11/30/2017 - 9:30am Details

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
11 Flying 11/30/2017 - 9:30am Details

Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)
1 Ground 11/28/2017 - 9:30am Details

Black-billed Magpie (Pica hudsonia)
2 Flying 11/28/2017 - 9:30am Details

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
10 Ground 11/28/2017 - 9:30am Details


Helen Fisher, Grade 5
Boise, Idaho USA


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