Birds Seen at TVA

Chickadee, Black-capped
Chickadee, Chestnut-backed
Creeper, Brown
Dove, Mourning
Duck, Mallard
Finch, House
Finch, Purple
Flicker, Northern (Red-shafted)
Goldfinch, American
Goldfinch, Lesser
Grosbeak, Black-headed
Hawk, Cooper's
Hawk, Red-tailed
Jay, Scrub
Jay, Steller's
Junco, Dark-eyed
Kinglet, Golden-crowned
Kinglet, Ruby-crowned
Nuthatch, Red-breasted
Robin, American
Siskin, Pine
Sparrow, Fox
Sparrow, Golden-crowned
Sparrow, House
Sparrow, Song
Sparrow, White-crowned
Sparrow, White-throated
Starling, European
Thrush, Varied
Towhee, Spotted (Rufous-sided)
Warbler, Townsend’s
Warbler, Yellow-rumped (Audubon's)
Woodpecker, Downy
Wren, Bewick's

Visit Our Bird Feeding Station!

Our students participate in ongoing scientific research by monitoring the bird populations visiting our feeders through a program called BirdSleuth.  Many of our students have had their research papers and artwork published in Classroom BirdScope.  BirdSleuth and Classroom BirdScope are sponsored by Cornell Lab of Ornithology.  You can learn more about this project by visiting our Student Reports page.

The TVA Bird Blind is listed as a Birding Hotspot on eBird.  John Gatchet, former Superintendent of the Oregon Conference of Seventh-day Adventists Department of Education (retired) and avid bird watcher, joined our students for a day of bird watching in January 2009.  During John's visit we observed 20 different bird species.  John believes that our bird feeding station is the largest in Washington County, and is comparable to the Audubon Society of Portland's feeding station in nearby Multnomah County.

Built with recycled lumber in the fall of 1994 by students, parents and friends of TVA, the bird blind provides a sheltered place to study God’s feathered creatures. Over 40 of the bird species identified on campus have been observed visiting our feeders. On cold days it is not unusual to see more than 100 individual birds feeding at the same time.

During the coldest winter months these birds can devour 80-100 pounds of seed per week!  Your donations of birdseed mix, sunflower, and suet are greatly appreciated by the birds and students alike.  Feed is needed September through May.  Please contact Mr. Kahler if you can help.

To learn more about how birds and scientific inquiry are used in our science curriculum please see:

A Science Program With Wings
BirdSleuth Inspires Student Inquiry
Sparrows and Development: BirdSleuth helps students discover patterns
Students become “real scientists” through citizen science projects
Tualatin Valley Academy students show, sell bird paintings at Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Community Connections

Students compare their bird data with data gathered from our Weather Station.  Our weather station is part of the WeatherBug network featured on KOIN Local 6.

Students named the creek behind our school to honor a pair of Downy Woodpeckers that were thoughtlessly killed by someone’s BB gun during Christmas Break 1995. Once the creek was named our students were able to join the clean-up efforts of Oregon Adopt-A-River.

Snow fell at our bird feeding station on January 27, 2009.  Snow is a rather unusual event for us in Hillsboro, Oregon. The previous day my students observed 20 different species at our feeders. See photos below.

Downy Creek Bird Blind Gallery

Student Works

Click here to learn more about Textured Birds: Art meets Science. A Cornell Lab of Ornithology Commissioned Art Project.

Bird Resources