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House Wren and House Wren Song – Birds for Kids

House Wren and House Wren Song – Birds for Kids

If you want some jolly little neighbours for the summer, invite the wrens to live near you year after year by putting up small, one-family box-houses under the eaves of the barn, the cow-shed, or the chicken-house, on the grape arbour or in the orchard.

SCARLET TANAGER – Birds for Kids

SCARLET TANAGER – Birds for Kids

People who are now living can remember when scarlet tanagers were as common as robins. Where are they now?

AMERICAN GOLDFINCH – Birds for Kids

AMERICAN GOLDFINCH – Birds for Kids

AMERICAN GOLDFINCH - Called also: Black-winged Yellow-bird; Thistle Bird; Lettuce Bird; Wild Canary.

Whiskey Jack Bird (CANADA JAY) – Birds for Kids

Whiskey Jack Bird (CANADA JAY) – Birds for Kids

Whiskey Jack Bird (CANADA JAY) . Anyone who has camped in the northern United States and over the Canadian border knows that the crow and blue jay have a rogue for a cousin in this sleek, bold thief, the Canada jay.

BELTED KINGFISHER – Birds for Kids

BELTED KINGFISHER – Birds for Kids

BELTED KINGFISHER - This Izaak Walton of birddom, whom you may see perched as erect as a fish hawk on a snag in the lake, creek or river, or on a dead limb projecting over the water, on the lookout for minnows, chub, red fins, samlets or any other small fry that swims past, is as expert as any fisherman you are ever likely to know.

01 Semipalmated Plover

SEMIPALMATED PLOVER – Birds Information for Kids

SEMIPALMATED PLOVER - Birds Information for Kids - excerpt from the book "Birds Every Child Should Know" by Neltje  Blanchan

CAROLINA WREN – Birds for Kids

CAROLINA WREN – Birds for Kids

The house wrens have a tiny cousin, a mite of a bird, called the winter wren, that is so shy and retiring you will probably never become well acquainted with it.

01 Purple martin

Purple Martin Bird – Birds for Kids

There is a picturesque old inn beside a post road in New Jersey with a five-storied martin house set up on a pole above its quaint swinging sign.

02 Purple Finch

PURPLE FINCH – Birds for Kids

It would seem as if the people who named most of our birds and wild flowers must have been colour-blind.

Bee Martin Bird – (KINGBIRD) – Birds for Kids

Bee Martin Bird – (KINGBIRD) – Birds for Kids

KINGBIRD (Bee Martin). In spite of his scientific name, which has branded him the tyrant of tyrants, the kingbird is by no means a bully.

TURKEY VULTURE, Turkey Buzzard – Birds for Kids

TURKEY VULTURE, Turkey Buzzard – Birds for Kids

TURKEY VULTURE, Turkey Buzzard -  Every child south of Mason and Dixon's line knows this big buzzard that sails serenely with its companions in great circles, floating high overhead, now rising, now falling, with scarcely a movement of its wide-spread wings.

02 Birds for Kids LEAST SANDPIPER

Birds for Kids – LEAST SANDPIPER

Birds for Kids - LEAST SANDPIPER - excerpt from the book "Birds Every Child Should Know" by Neltje  Blanchan

10 MARSH WREN

MARSH WREN – Birds for Kids

Hidden among the tall grasses and reeds along the creeks and rivers, lives the long-billed marsh wren, a nervous, active little creature that you know at a glance.

02 Barn swallow

BARN SWALLOW BIRD – Birds for Kids

Do you know where there is an old-fashioned, weather-worn barn, with its hospitable doors standing open, where you could not find at least one pair of barn swallows at home beneath its roof?

Indigo Bunting Bird (Indigo-bird) – Birds for Kids

Indigo Bunting Bird (Indigo-bird) – Birds for Kids

Every child knows the bluebird, possibly the kingfisher and the blue jay, too, but there is only one other bird with blue feathers,

CRESTED FLYCATCHER – Birds for Kids

CRESTED FLYCATCHER. Far more tyrannical than the kingbird is this "wild Irishman," as John Burroughs calls the large flycatcher with the tousled head and harsh,

RED-SHOULDERED HAWK, Hen Hawk, Chicken Hawk, Winter Hawk – Birds for Kids

RED-SHOULDERED HAWK, Hen Hawk, Chicken Hawk, Winter Hawk – Birds for...

RED-SHOULDERED HAWK, Hen Hawk, Chicken Hawk, Winter Hawk -  Let any one say "Hawk" to the average farmer and he looks for his gun.

03 Birds for Kids SPOTTED SANDPIPER

Birds for Kids – SPOTTED SANDPIPER

Birds for Kids - SPOTTED SANDPIPER - excerpt from the book "Birds Every Child Should Know" by Neltje  Blanchan

Brown Thrasher Bird – Birds for Kids

Brown Thrasher Bird – Birds for Kids

People who are not very well acquainted with the birds about them usually mistake the long-tailed brown thrasher for a thrush because he has a rusty back and a speckled white breast, which they seem to think is an exclusive thrush characteristic, which it certainly is not.

CLIFF SWALLOW – Birds for Kids

CLIFF SWALLOW – Birds for Kids

More than any other bird family, the swallows are becoming increasingly dependent for shelter upon man, at least when they are nesting;