TURKEY VULTURE, Turkey Buzzard – Birds for Kids
TURKEY VULTURE, Turkey Buzzard – Birds for Kids

TURKEY VULTURE, Turkey Buzzard – Birds for Kids

TURKEY VULTURE, Turkey Buzzard -  Every child south of Mason and Dixon's line knows this big buzzard that sails serenely with its companions in great circles, floating high overhead, now rising, now falling, with scarcely a movement of its wide-spread wings.

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MARSH WREN – Birds for Kids
MARSH WREN – Birds for Kids

MARSH WREN – Birds for Kids

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.

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Brown Thrasher Bird – Birds for Kids
Brown Thrasher Bird – Birds for Kids

Brown Thrasher Bird – Birds for Kids

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.

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TOWHEE BIRD – Birds for Kids
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,

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PHOEBE BIRD (Dusky Flycatcher) – Birds for Kids
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.

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RED-TAILED HAWK, Chicken Hawk, Red Hawk – Birds for Kids
RED-TAILED HAWK, Chicken Hawk, Red Hawk – Birds for Kids

RED-TAILED HAWK, Chicken Hawk, Red Hawk – Birds for Kids

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.

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CATBIRD – Birds for Kids
CATBIRD – Birds for Kids

CATBIRD – Birds for Kids

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.

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COOPER’S HAWK, Chicken Hawk – Birds for Kids
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.

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