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TOWHEE BIRD – Birds for Kids

TOWHEE BIRD – Birds for Kids

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,

FIELD SPARROW – Birds for Kids

FIELD SPARROW – Birds for Kids

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

03 Birds for Kids SPOTTED SANDPIPER

Birds for Kids – SPOTTED SANDPIPER

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

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.

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.

House Sparrow – Birds for Kids

House Sparrow – Birds for Kids

Is there a boy or girl in America who does not already know this saucy, keen-witted little gamin who thrives where other birds would starve;

CLIFF SWALLOW – Birds for Kids

CLIFF SWALLOW – Birds for Kids

More than any other bird family, the swallows are becoming increasingly dependent for shelter upon man, at least when they are nesting;

MEADOWLARK BIRD – Birds for Kids

MEADOWLARK BIRD – Birds for Kids

MEADOWLARK BIRD. Every farmer's boy knows his father's friend, the meadowlark, the brownish, mottled bird, larger than a robin, with a lovely yellow breast and black crescent on it, that keeps well hidden in the grass of the meadows or grain fields.

YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER – Birds for Kids

YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER - Birds for Kids - This woodpecker I am sorry to introduce to you as the black sheep of his family, with scarcely a friend to speak a good word for him.

BARRED OWL, Hoot Owl – Owls for Kids

BARRED OWL, Hoot Owl – Owls for Kids

BARRED OWL, Hoot Owl -  If "a good child should be seen and not heard" what can be said for this owl?

SCARLET TANAGER – Birds for Kids

SCARLET TANAGER – Birds for Kids

People who are now living can remember when scarlet tanagers were as common as robins. Where are they now?

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.

05 Barn Owl

Barn Owl for kids, Monkey-faced Owl – Owls for Kids

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.

YELLOW-THROATED VIREO – Birds for Kids

YELLOW-THROATED VIREO – Birds for Kids

In a family not conspicuous for its fine feathers, this is certainly the beauty.

PHOEBE BIRD (Dusky Flycatcher) – Birds for Kids

PHOEBE BIRD (Dusky Flycatcher) – Birds for Kids

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) – Birds for Kids

Whiskey Jack Bird (CANADA JAY) – Birds for Kids

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.

06 Song Sparrow

SONG SPARROW – Birds for Kids

This is most children's favourite bird: is it yours?

RED-SHOULDERED HAWK, Hen Hawk, Chicken Hawk, Winter Hawk – Birds for Kids

RED-SHOULDERED HAWK, Hen Hawk, Chicken Hawk, Winter Hawk – Birds for...

RED-SHOULDERED HAWK, Hen Hawk, Chicken Hawk, Winter Hawk -  Let any one say "Hawk" to the average farmer and he looks for his gun.

WOODCOCK Bird – Birds for Kids

WOODCOCK Bird – Birds for Kids

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

AMERICAN ROBIN – Birds for Kids

AMERICAN ROBIN – Birds for Kids

Called also: Red-breasted Thrush; Migratory Thrush; Robin Redbreast