Bird Blind
Science Department
Tualatin Valley Academy
Hillsboro, Oregon

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Checklist of Birds

Visit Our Bird Feeding Station


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

Click here for a full checklist of birds seen on the TVJA campus

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 BirdScopeBirdSleuth 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 Superintendant of the Oregon Conference of Seventh-day Adventists Department of Education (retired) and avid bird watcher, recently joined our students for a day of bird watching.  During John's visit on January 26, 2009 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 (PDF)
A Science Program with Wings (Link)
Reprinted from Connect
Vol.15 No.1, September/October, 2001

BirdSleuth Inspires Student Inquiry
Connect Vol.23 No.2, November/December, 2009 (PDF)

Sparrows and Development:
BirdSleuth helps students discover patterns
BirdScope, Summer 2008/Volume 22, Number 3

Students become “real scientists” through citizen science projects
Stemwire, June 19, 2013

Tualatin Valley Academy students show, sell bird paintings at Cornell Lab of Ornithology (The Oregonian)

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 falling at our bird feeding station 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.

Click here to see more photographs of our bird blind and feeding station.


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