"Teacher—Teacher—TEACHER—TEACHER—TEACHER!" resounds a penetrating, accented voice from the woods.
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.
This contemptible bird every child should know if for no better reason than to despise it.
Did you ever hear a rushing, whirring, booming sound as though wind were blowing across the bung-hole of an empty barrel?
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 - excerpt from the book "Birds Every Child Should Know" by Neltje Blanchan
"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,
While the neighbourly song sparrow and the swamp sparrow delight to be near water,
When you are looking for the first pussy willows in the frozen marshes, or listening to the peeping of young frogs some day in early spring,
There are some children, and grown-ups, too, who persist in calling this bird the chimney swallow, although it is not even remotely related to the swallow family, and its life history, as well as its anatomy, are quite different from a swallow's, as you shall see.
Barn Owl for kids, Monkey-faced Owl - This is the shy, odd-looking, gray and white mottled owl with the triangular face and slim body, about a foot and a half long, that comes out of its hole at evening with a wild scream, startling timid and superstitious people into the belief that it is uncanny.
HERRING GULL - Birds for Kids - excerpt from the book "Birds Every Child Should Know" by Neltje Blanchan
Called also: Red-breasted Thrush; Migratory Thrush; Robin Redbreast
When this exquisite little warbler flashes his brilliant salmon flame and black feathers among the trees, darting hither and thither,
To name this little dingy sparrow that haunts the open fields and dusty roadsides, you must notice the white feather on each side of his tail as he spreads it and flies before you to alight upon a fence.
This cousin of the red-wing, whom it resembles in size, flight and notes, is a common migrant in the United States. Nesting is done farther north.
RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD. What child does not know the hummingbird, the jewelled midget that flashes through the garden, poises before a flower as if suspended in the air by magic,
SHORT-EARED OWL, Marsh Owl - This owl, and its long-eared cousin, wear the tufts of feathers in their ears that resemble harmless horns.
Is there any sign of spring quite so welcome as the glint of the first bluebird unless it is his softly whistled song?
Almost everywhere in the Eastern United States and Canada, the red-eyed vireo is the most common member of his family.