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.
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,
AMERICAN BITTERN, Stake-driver, Booming Bittern, Indian Hen - Birds for Kids - excerpt from the book "Birds Every Child Should Know" by Neltje Blanchan
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 summer a pair of the sociable, friendly little chippies—the smallest members of their clan—decided that they would build in a little boxwood tree on the verandah of our house next to the front door through which members of the family passed every hour of the day.
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.
YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO, Rain Crow - Do you own a cuckoo clock with a little bird inside that flies out of a door every hour and tells you the time? Except when it is time to go to school or to bed you are doubtless amused to hear him hiccough cuckoo, cuckoo, the mechanical notes that tell his name.
PURPLE GRACKLE and BRONZED GRACKLE. You probably know either one of our two crow blackbirds, similar in size and habits, one with purplish,
Called also: Red-breasted Thrush; Migratory Thrush; Robin Redbreast
It was on a cold January day in Central Park, New York, that I first met a cardinal and was warmed by the sight.
FLICKER BIRD, Yellow-hammer bird, Clape, Yucker - Birds for Kids - Why should the flicker discard family traditions and wear clothes so different from those of his relations?
In a family not conspicuous for its fine feathers, this is certainly the beauty.
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?
AMERICAN CROW. Two close relatives there are which, like the poor, are always with us—the crow and the blue jay. Both are mischievous rascals, extraordinarily clever, with the most highly developed brains that any of our birds possess.
Count that a red-letter day on your calendar when first you see either this tiny, dainty sprite, or his next of kin, the golden-crowned kinglet, fluttering, twinkling about the evergreens.
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.
Whiskey Jack Bird (CANADA JAY) . Anyone who has camped in the northern United States and over the Canadian border knows that the crow and blue jay have a rogue for a cousin in this sleek, bold thief, the Canada jay.
HAIRY WOODPECKER - Birds for Kids - Light woods, with plenty of old trees in them, suit this busy carpenter better than orchards or trees close to our homes, for he is more shy than his sociable little cousin, downy, whom he as closely resembles in feathers as in habits.