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WARBLING VIREO – Birds for Kids

WARBLING VIREO – Birds for Kids

High up in the top of elms and maples that line village streets where the red-eyed vireo loves to hunt, even among the trees of so busy a thoroughfare as Boston Common,

BELTED KINGFISHER – Birds for Kids

BELTED KINGFISHER – Birds for Kids

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.

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.

HERRING GULL – Birds for Kids

HERRING GULL – Birds for Kids

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

FIELD SPARROW – Birds for Kids

FIELD SPARROW – Birds for Kids

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

CAROLINA WREN – Birds for Kids

CAROLINA WREN – Birds for Kids

The house wrens have a tiny cousin, a mite of a bird, called the winter wren, that is so shy and retiring you will probably never become well acquainted with it.

WHIP-POOR-WILL BIRD – Birds for Kids

WHIP-POOR-WILL BIRD – Birds for Kids

A queer, shadowy bird, that sleeps all day in the dense wood and flies about through open country after dark as softly as an owl, would be difficult for any child to know were it not for the weird, snappy triplets of notes that tell his name. Every one knows him far better by sound than by sight.

02 Barn swallow

BARN SWALLOW BIRD – Birds for Kids

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?

BALTIMORE ORIOLE (Golden Oriole) – Birds for Kids

BALTIMORE ORIOLE (Golden Oriole) – Birds for Kids

BALTIMORE ORIOLE (Golden Oriole). A flash of flame among the tender young spring foliage; a rich, high, whistled song from the blossoming cherry trees, and every child knows that the sociable Baltimore oriole has just returned from Central America.

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?

COOPER’S HAWK, Chicken Hawk – Birds for Kids

COOPER’S HAWK, Chicken Hawk – Birds for Kids

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.

YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT – Birds for Kids

"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,

RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD – Birds for Kids

RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD – Birds for Kids

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,

01 Semipalmated Plover

SEMIPALMATED PLOVER – Birds Information for Kids

SEMIPALMATED PLOVER - Birds Information for Kids - excerpt from the book "Birds Every Child Should Know" by Neltje  Blanchan

FLICKER BIRD, Yellow-hammer bird, Clape, Yucker – Birds for Kids

FLICKER BIRD, Yellow-hammer bird, Clape, Yucker – Birds for Kids

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?

07 Bobolink

BOBOLINK BIRD – Birds for Kids

Such a rollicking, jolly singer is the bobolink! On a May morning, when buttercups spangle the fresh grasses in the meadows, he rises from their midst into the air with the merriest frolic of a song you ever heard.

House Wren and House Wren Song – Birds for Kids

House Wren and House Wren Song – Birds for Kids

If you want some jolly little neighbours for the summer, invite the wrens to live near you year after year by putting up small, one-family box-houses under the eaves of the barn, the cow-shed, or the chicken-house, on the grape arbour or in the orchard.

11 Chipping Sparrow

CHIPPING SPARROW – Birds for Kids

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.

VESPER SPARROW – Birds for Kids

VESPER SPARROW – Birds for Kids

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.

TREE SWALLOW (White-breasted Swallow) – Birds for Kids

TREE SWALLOW (White-breasted Swallow) – Birds for Kids

Probably this is the most abundant swallow that we have; certainly countless numbers assemble every year in the Long Island and Jersey marshes,