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,
It was on a cold January day in Central Park, New York, that I first met a cardinal and was warmed by the sight.
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 - 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 - excerpt from the book "Birds Every Child Should Know" by Neltje Blanchan
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.
This is most children's favourite bird: is it yours?