Classroom 2 Ornithologists
Watch our Local Birds!
We have been very lucky to see several species of birds at our very
own window bird feeder.
Black Capped Chickadees (regularly!)
Chestnut-backed Chickadees (frequently)
Dark Eyed Juncos (regularly!)
Male and a female downy woodpeckers (occasionally)
We have seen even more species of birds in the tree outside our
We keep a suet block in a wire basket and a hanging bird feeder with
wild bird seed mix.
Each week we roll a molasses-crisco-buttered* pine cone in seeds.
(* We switched from peanut butter when we had a peanut allergy
in the class.)
Blackbird -Red-Winged (once)
Bushtits (occasionally, but in groups of 15+)
Chickadees -Black Capped (regulars)
Chickadees -Chestnut-backed (frequently)
Crows -Northwestern (regular visitors)
Ducks -Mallard (one season)
Finches -House (occasionally)
Hummingbirds -Anna’s (regularly!)
Hummingbirds -Rufous (several times!)
Jay -Steller’s (occasionally)
Juncos -Dark Eyed (regulars)
Nuthatch -Red-breasted (once)
Sparrow -Song (regulars but only 1 or 2)
Sparrows -House (quite often)
Sparrows -White Crowned (late spring but only 1 or 2)
Starlings... the "greedy birds" (2-5 at a time) but only occasionally
Thrush -Varied (several times)
Towhee -Spotted (several times)
Warbler -Yellow (once)
Woodpeckers -Downy (often)
Woodpeckers -Pileated (several times)
The surprise of 2004 was finding that DUCKS had discovered our tree
(They ate the seeds that fall under our tree and paddled in the parking
a male and a female pair of mallard ducks PLUS ducklings!
Out in Nestor park, we have seen other birds as well.
Here are a few photos from our classroom.
It's pretty hard to get a bird photo when you are "doing school
The surprise of 2004 was was a male and female pair of mallard ducks
discovered our "bird feeder tree".
The female nibbles away on dropped seeds and suet while the male stands
Afterwards they like to go paddling in the parking lot puddle!
They even hatched some little ducklings in the undergrowth at the front of the school beside our classroom!
Chestnut-backed Chickadee at our window feeder.
Spotted Towhee in our feeder tree.
Northwestern Crows under our tree.
We kept this stunned junco warm until it was ready to fly away.
Thank you, Linda, for the following great bird photos!
Of course the children in Classroom 2 aren't the only people
who enjoy bird watching!
Mrs. Boekhout has been in email contact with one of our local
bird watchers, Linda Timbs. Linda wrote an article in the Community
Newspaper about constructing a squirrel-proof and bear-proof bird
feeder! (Birds aren't the only ones that like bird seed!) Linda
has an amazing collection of birdfeeders in her yard... and has
kindly sent some of her photos of local birds!
Now here's a selection of wonderful bird feeders!
Merganser (front) and American Coot (back)
Great Blue Heron
White Crowned Sparrow