What is the capital of Burkina Foso? Wagadoodoo. What is the capital of
Suriname? What is the capital of Tuvalu? FUNAFUTI! I know that one.
What is the flag for Ghana? What is the flag for Greece?
Which country’s capital is Lisbon? My head is swimming and
I am sweating more than usual. Lots of information to put
in my small head for the the Kickapoo Valley GEOGRAPHY BEE.
I hope when the competition is over I will have a chance to
breathe. Despite all this I love geography!
The Kickapoo Valley Library is a beautiful building. It is very old, it was designed by an architect who was a student of FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT.
Frank Lloyd Wright is a famous architect who is from Wisconsin.
His famous house and studio, Taliesin, are located in Spring Green, Wisconsin. Frank Lloyd Wright trained a lot of architects in Wisconsin. Mr. Wright’s style of architecture is called Prairie School.
There are a lot of Prairie School style buildings in Wisconsin, libraries, banks, houses, warehouses, garages, and even an airport in Madison.
Did you like my book report? I am still at the library now, and I have at least 12 books on my table related to Frank Lloyd Wright.
I like Frank Lloyd Wright’s architecture because he believed that buildings should blend into the environment.
I so excited that I saw a the Cedar Waxwing. I officially added him to my Great Year LIST today. I wanted to list all the perching birds I have seen so far.
1) American Robin
2) Blue Jay
3) Common Grackle
4) Eastern Wood-Pewee
5) Black-Capped Chickadee
6) House Sparrow
7) American Tree Sparrow
8) Song Sparrow
9) Chipping Sparrow
10) House Finch
11) Purple Finch
12) Dark Eyed Junco
13) Brown Thrasher
14) Red-winged Blackbird
and 15) A CEDAR WAXWING!
I think I have the world’s largest vinegar library. I have all kinds of vinegars in jars from A to Z. Now Kirby says he has a bigger vinegar library than I do. What he doesn’t know is that during the winter my forest friends helped me create 24 new recipes! I now have 137 different vinegars to choose from.
Some of the new recipes I think animals would like better than humans.
That is not surprising since some of the newest recipes come from muskrats, woodchucks, and a black bear. Maybe some people will not like ants in their vinegar.
Anyone one in my hometown can borrow any vinegars if they want to use a jar for dinner or lunch. My friends also borrow my recipe cards if they
like a vinegar in the library.
It was 4:37 PM when Myles and I were walking slowly up the hill
and onto the gravel path that leads to our house. Myles meets me
everyday by our mailbox when I come home from school.
Today, Myles was extra grumpy, or growl-ie, his teeth were showing.
I didn’t know what to expect as we got closer to the front of the
house. Last night I opened the front door quickly and threw bird
seed onto the stump near the porch.
All of a sudden we heard a branch crack and leaves crunch. We looked in front of us and there was the evil, red squirrel. He is much bigger than I thought. He almost looks as big as Myles. I thought we might see the red squirrel again so I had packed a small bag full of bird seed in my pocket. I threw the bag onto the ground near the squirrel as we ran by him and up the steps onto our porch. I could not open the front door quick enough, but the squirrel was busy eating the bird seed.
I don’t know what will happen when I come home from school tomorrow.
MY FAVORITE WISCONSIN BIRDS:
1) Common Loon
2) Ruddy Duck
3) Sandhill Crane
4) Green Heron
5) American White Pelican
6) Ruby-throated Hummingbird
7) Pileated Woodpecker
8) Lesser Yellowlegs
9) Turkey Vulture
10) Indigo Bunting
11) Cedar Waxwing
12) Nashville Warbler
13) Common Crackle
14) Barred Owl
16) American Coot
17) Herring Gull
18) Tundra Swan
19) Northern Shoveler
20) Wild Turkey
There so many birds that live in Wisconsin I cannot list them all.
I think I might change the list in a couple of weeks it depends
on which birds show up for my Great Year project.
It is Monday, and again I am up very early before getting ready for school. It is 6AM again. Since I am up I wrote a list to help birdwatchers with their Great Year in Wisconsin.
What is a Great Year? A Great Year is counting all the kinds of birds you have seen in one year. Every birdwatcher starts their Great Year on January 1st.
Here is the list of BIRDS OF PREY in WISCONSIN:
(not in alphabetical order)
- Turkey Vulture
- Bald Eagle
- Barred Owl
- Great Horned Owl
- Red-tailed Hawk
- Northern Harrier
- Cooper’s Hawk
- Eastern Screech Owl
- Broad-winged Hawk
- American Kestrel
- Sharped Shinned Kestrel
The list is in order of my favorite Birds of Prey
to ones that are harder to see on my farm.
Kirby said he’s already seen an American Kestrel, but
I talked to the local ornithologist in Kickapoo Valley
and she said she hasn’t seen one this year.
I don’t know about that Kirby, or his robot.
6AM this morning was sunny so I called for my Forest Periscope. Today, I counted all the Red-tailed Hawks, Cooper’s Hawks, and Osprey I saw flying along the top of the rocky blufs above our farm. I love bird watching. This year, like last year I am doing a Great Year for Wisconsin birds. I hope to spot all of Wisconsin’s native birds passing through
Last year, I did not see a Great Crested Flycatcher, an Eastern Screech Owl, an American Kestrel, Lapland Longspur, and Snow Bunting, and some other birds.
Kirby said he saw at least 25 species of birds so far in Wisconsin. I don’t think that is true at all. We both started on January 1st at the same time.
I think he lying again like he did last year.