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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;

TOWHEE BIRD – Birds for Kids

TOWHEE BIRD – Birds for Kids

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) – Birds for Kids

PHOEBE BIRD (Dusky Flycatcher) – Birds for Kids

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 – Birds for Kids

RED-TAILED HAWK, Chicken Hawk, Red Hawk – Birds for Kids

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

WOODCOCK Bird – Birds for Kids

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

CATBIRD – Birds for Kids

CATBIRD – Birds for Kids

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.

BANK SWALLOW (Sand Martin; Sand Swallow) – Birds for Kids

BANK SWALLOW (Sand Martin; Sand Swallow) – Birds for Kids

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.

RED-BREASTED GROSBEAK – Birds for Kids

RED-BREASTED GROSBEAK – Birds for Kids

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.

WOOD PEWEE BIRD – Birds for Kids

WOOD PEWEE BIRD – Birds for Kids

When you have been wandering through the summer woods did you ever, like Trowbridge, sit down

COOPER’S HAWK, Chicken Hawk – Birds for Kids

COOPER’S HAWK, Chicken Hawk – Birds for Kids

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.

05 Great Blue Heron

GREAT BLUE HERON – Birds for Kids

GREAT BLUE HERON - Birds for Kids - excerpt from the book "Birds Every Child Should Know" by Neltje  Blanchan

Northern Mockingbird – Birds for Kids

Northern Mockingbird – Birds for Kids

What child is there who does not know the mockingbird, caged or free?

TREE SWALLOW (White-breasted Swallow) – Birds for Kids

TREE SWALLOW (White-breasted Swallow) – Birds for Kids

Probably this is the most abundant swallow that we have; certainly countless numbers assemble every year in the Long Island and Jersey marshes,

CARDINAL GROSBEAK (Virginia Nightingale) – Birds for Kids

CARDINAL GROSBEAK (Virginia Nightingale) – Birds for Kids

It was on a cold January day in Central Park, New York, that I first met a cardinal and was warmed by the sight.

LEAST FLYCATCHER (Chebec) – Birds for Kids

LEAST FLYCATCHER (Chebec) – Birds for Kids

It is not until he calls out his name, Chebec! Chebec! in clear and business-like tones from some tree-top that you could identify this fluffy flycatcher, scarcely more than five inches long, whose dusky coat and light vest offer no helpful markings.

Bald Eagle for Kids – Birds for Kids

Bald Eagle for Kids – Birds for Kids

Bald Eagle for Kids - Every American boy and girl knows our national bird, which is the farmer's ally, however, only when it appears on the money in his pocket. Without an eagle on that, you must know it would be of little use to him.

BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON – Birds for Kids

BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON – Birds for Kids

BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON - Birds for Kids - excerpt from the book "Birds Every Child Should Know" by Neltje  Blanchan

13 Yellow Warbler

YELLOW WARBLER – Birds for Kids

Rather than live where the skies are gray and the air is cold, this adventurous little warbler will travel two thousand miles or more to follow the sun.

06 Song Sparrow

SONG SPARROW – Birds for Kids

This is most children's favourite bird: is it yours?