SHORT-EARED OWL, Marsh Owl - This owl, and its long-eared cousin, wear the tufts of feathers in their ears that resemble harmless horns.
KINGBIRD (Bee Martin). In spite of his scientific name, which has branded him the tyrant of tyrants, the kingbird is by no means a bully.
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.
RUFFED GROUSE - Bob-white and ruffed grouse are the fife and drum corps of the woods. That some birds are wonderful musicians everybody knows. No other orchestra contains a member who can drum without a drum.
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.
This is most children's favourite bird: is it yours?
Bitterly cold and dreary though the day may be, that "little scrap of valour," the chickadee, keeps his spirits high until ours cannot but be cheered by the oft-repeated, clear, tinkling silvery notes that spell his name.
AMERICAN BITTERN, Stake-driver, Booming Bittern, Indian Hen - Birds for Kids - excerpt from the book "Birds Every Child Should Know" by Neltje Blanchan
When the friendly little chippy leaves us in autumn, this similar but larger sparrow cousin comes into the United States from the North,
Birds for Kids - SPOTTED SANDPIPER - excerpt from the book "Birds Every Child Should Know" by Neltje Blanchan
GREAT BLUE HERON - Birds for Kids - excerpt from the book "Birds Every Child Should Know" by Neltje Blanchan
BELTED KINGFISHER - This Izaak Walton of birddom, whom you may see perched as erect as a fish hawk on a snag in the lake, creek or river, or on a dead limb projecting over the water, on the lookout for minnows, chub, red fins, samlets or any other small fry that swims past, is as expert as any fisherman you are ever likely to know.
More than any other bird family, the swallows are becoming increasingly dependent for shelter upon man, at least when they are nesting;
BARRED OWL, Hoot Owl - If "a good child should be seen and not heard" what can be said for this owl?
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.
What child is there who does not know the mockingbird, caged or free?
"Teacher—Teacher—TEACHER—TEACHER—TEACHER!" resounds a penetrating, accented voice from the woods.
This contemptible bird every child should know if for no better reason than to despise it.
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.
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.