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.
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?
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. 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 - Let any one say "Hawk" to the average farmer and he looks for his gun.
Birds for Kids - SPOTTED SANDPIPER - excerpt from the book "Birds Every Child Should Know" by Neltje Blanchan
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.
More than any other bird family, the swallows are becoming increasingly dependent for shelter upon man, at least when they are nesting;
From their hunting-ground in the blackberry tangle and bushes that border a neighbouring wood, a family of chewinks sally forth boldly to my piazza floor to pick up seed from the canary's cage,
PHOEBE BIRD (Dusky Flycatcher). The first of its family to come North, as well as the last to leave us for the winter, the phoebe appears toward the end of March to snap up the first insects warmed into life by the spring sunshine.
RED-TAILED HAWK, Chicken Hawk, Red Hawk - This larger relative of the red-shouldered hawk (the female red-tail measures nearly two feet in length) shares with it the hatred of all but the most enlightened farmers.
WOODCOCK Bird - Birds for Kids - excerpt from the book "Birds Every Child Should Know" by Neltje Blanchan
Slim, lithe, elegant, dainty, the catbird, as he runs lightly over the lawn or hunts among the shrubbery, appears to be a fine gentleman among his kind—a sort of Beau Brummel in smooth, gray feathers who has preened and prinked until his toilet is quite faultless.
Perhaps you have seen a sand bank somewhere, probably near a river or pond, where the side of the bank was filled with holes as if a small cannon had been trained against it as a target.
Among birds, as among humans, it is the father who lends his name to the family, however difficult it may be to know the mother and children by it.
When you have been wandering through the summer woods did you ever, like Trowbridge, sit down
COOPER'S HAWK, Chicken Hawk - Here is no ally of the farmer, but his foe, the most bold of all his robbers, a blood-thirsty villain that lives by plundering poultry yards, and tearing the warm flesh from the breasts of game and song birds, one of the few members of his generally useful tribe that deserves the punishment ignorantly meted out to his innocent relatives.
GREAT BLUE HERON - Birds for Kids - excerpt from the book "Birds Every Child Should Know" by Neltje Blanchan
What child is there who does not know the mockingbird, caged or free?
Probably this is the most abundant swallow that we have; certainly countless numbers assemble every year in the Long Island and Jersey marshes,