What's in our neighborhood?

1.We have a nature trail right on our school campus.
2.We placed 4 bluebird nesting boxes, 1 barn owl box and 1 screech owl box on our campus.
3.We participate in the Cornell Schoolyard Feederwatch program. We keep 2 bird feeders full of black sunflower seed at all times and watch the birds from our classroom. The bird seed disappears quickly!!!
4.We put in a pollinator garden for bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. We just made a beautiful sign for it.
5.We created a Swallow Habitat under the eaves where they nest at our school each spring. We have a welcoming ceremony for them. We also do a study each year of the number of occupied nests and observe the activity of the beautiful cliff swallows! We have about 60 nests.
6.There is a creek running through the nature trail area which has tall trees as well as shrubs that are habitat for resident and visiting birds.
7.The school is on flat ground with the back side going uphill. There is non-native broom and ivy that we have been combating for many years including our school broom pull last week.
8.Our campus is typical in that it has classrooms (about 20), blacktop areas, a playing field, and a garden area.

Write an overall description of your habitat, including a photos if you can.

Our school is in a suburban setting bordering on open space on one side and neighborhoods on the other. We have some oaks and redwoods on our campus.

What features make our neighborhood a suitable place for birds?

We have a nature trail with a creek for water, some native trees and plants for food and shelter.

What birds do you regularly see on your bird counts?

We've done official bird counts with PRBO for the last 15 years or so. (will provide link to data in the future) Some species we see regularly are western bluebirds (not every year), cliff swallows, Anna's hummingbirds, northern juncos, house finches, chickadees, American crows, American Robins, black phoebes, gold crowned sparrows, white crown sparrows, acorn woodpeckers, and more.