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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?

07 Bobolink

BOBOLINK BIRD – Birds for Kids

Such a rollicking, jolly singer is the bobolink! On a May morning, when buttercups spangle the fresh grasses in the meadows, he rises from their midst into the air with the merriest frolic of a song you ever heard.

WHIP-POOR-WILL BIRD – Birds for Kids

WHIP-POOR-WILL BIRD – Birds for Kids

A queer, shadowy bird, that sleeps all day in the dense wood and flies about through open country after dark as softly as an owl, would be difficult for any child to know were it not for the weird, snappy triplets of notes that tell his name. Every one knows him far better by sound than by sight.

AMERICAN SPARROW HAWK, Mouse Hawk – Birds for Kids

AMERICAN SPARROW HAWK,  Mouse Hawk - Just such an extended branch as a shrike or a kingbird would use as a lookout while searching the landscape o'er for something to eat, the little sparrow hawk chooses for the same purpose.

07 American Bittern

AMERICAN BITTERN, Stake-driver, Booming Bittern, Indian Hen – Birds for Kids

AMERICAN BITTERN, Stake-driver, Booming Bittern, Indian Hen - Birds for Kids - excerpt from the book "Birds Every Child Should Know" by Neltje  Blanchan

14 OVEN BIRD

OVEN-BIRD – Birds for Kids

"Teacher—Teacher—TEACHER—TEACHER—TEACHER!" resounds a penetrating, accented voice from the woods.

SWAMP SPARROW – Birds for Kids

SWAMP SPARROW – Birds for Kids

Where rails thread their way among the rushes, and red-winged blackbirds, marsh wrens, and Maryland yellow-throats like to live, there listen for the tweet-tweet-tweet of the swamp sparrow.

COWBIRD – Birds for Kids

This contemptible bird every child should know if for no better reason than to despise it.

NIGHTHAWK BIRD (Bull-bat, Night-jar, Mosquito-hawk) – Birds for Kids

NIGHTHAWK BIRD (Bull-bat, Night-jar, Mosquito-hawk) – Birds for Kids

Did you ever hear a rushing, whirring, booming sound as though wind were blowing across the bung-hole of an empty barrel?

Fish Hawk Bird, American Osprey – Birds for Kids

Fish Hawk, American Osprey -  A pair of these beautiful big hawks, that had nested year after year in the top of a tall pine tree on the Manasquan River, New Jersey, were great pets in that region.

CANADA GOOSE – Birds for Kids

CANADA GOOSE – Birds for Kids

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

YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT – Birds for Kids

"Now he barks like a puppy, then quacks like a duck, then rattles like a kingfisher, then squalls like a fox, then caws like a crow, then mews like a cat—C-r-r-r-r-r-whrr—that's it—Chee-quack,

FIELD SPARROW – Birds for Kids

FIELD SPARROW – Birds for Kids

While the neighbourly song sparrow and the swamp sparrow delight to be near water,