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Wednesday, June 13, 2012


Hi, Scholars!  Look what I found in my front yard - a bird nest.  I did not find any baby birds or any egg shells.  I thought I might notice a mama bird - an angry bird - but the mama seems to be gone. 

As I was observing the nest, I began thinking about how there are a lot of similarities between a bird nest and a beaver lodge and I know you are all experts on beaver lodges!  So, what do you think?  How are nests and lodges alike?  How are they different?

I can't wait to read about your thinking!

16 comments:

Kate Brown said...

Beaver dams and birds nests both have sticks. Both nests are homes for their babies while their mommies and daddies work. Beaver dams are long and birds nests round.

Irene Boynton said...

Hi Kate! Thanks for sharing your thinking:)
I like that you considered several attributes - the materials used to build the homes, the purpose of the homes and the shape of the homes.
I know how interested you are in animals so your smart thinking is not a surprise!!

Anonymous said...

der Mrs. Boynton I relly miss you. I thinc the Beaver dam is like the Nest becuz they both have stix. They are diferent becus one is in the water and the other is in a tree or on a rock.

Macie's brother, Caden, found a nest sitting on a rock at Grandpa Charlie's and it had 4 eggs and a bird sitting on it. It was really cool.

Macie Coburn

Irene Boynton said...

Hi Macie! I really miss you too!
You are right about beavers and birds using the same materials to build their homes. I wonder if any other animals use sticks to build their homes.
I am very curious about the nest that Caden found. I’m thinking that all of the rain and wind we have been having has made home building difficult for birds. What did Caden do with about the nest? Do you have a picture of it?
Thanks for posting your thinking!!

Anonymous said...

Caden scared the Bird away. Then he took the eggs to my dad. We did not take a pictur.

Dad had to put the eggs back and then the bird came back to sit on the nest.

Macie Lynn Coburn

Irene Boynton said...

Macie, I am glad to know that the mama and baby birds are together. Let me know if you get to see the baby birds – it would be fun to watch them as they grow up and learn to fly.

Anonymous said...

they both have sticks. they are different because one has birds and one has beavers.

jessie

Anonymous said...

speaking of birds. Did you know that Barn owls have 19 feathers on each wing? 1- are primary feathers and the other nine are secondary feathers.

Anonymous said...

did you know an owl's feet are called talons,they grind their food with a body part called a gizzard, and they have special feathers that let them fly silently. Owls eat mice, rats, snakes, voles, bats, and sometimes foxes. Baby owls eat bugs. I like Owls>

Irene Boynton said...

Hi Jessie!

I'm so happy that you found your way to the class blog:)

You are right that both birds and beavers use sticks to build their homes. Are there any other materials that are the same?

Irene Boynton said...

Hi Sydney,
No, I did not know that about barn owls. Thanks for teaching me something new:)

Irene Boynton said...

Well, I can tell that you like owls! You are an owl expert;)

Anonymous said...

Anthony, Andrew's big brother says that beaver dams have a door under the water, but a bird's nest doesn't need one.

Irene Boynton said...

Good thinking!
Beavers do have underwater tunnels to enter and exit the lodge. This helps to keep predators out of the lodge. I wonder how birds keep predators away from their nests. Hmmm...

Anonymous said...

they both use mud.
Jessie

Irene Boynton said...

Right you are, jessie!