When it comes to acrobatic performances in the trees, neither the chickadee nor the titmouse can rival their relatives, the little bluish gray nuthatches.
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER - Birds for Kids. A pair of red-headed woodpeckers I know, who made their home in an old tree next to the station yard at Atlanta, where locomotives clanged, puffed, whistled and shrieked all day long, evidently enjoyed the noise, for the male liked nothing better than to add to it by tapping on one of the glass non-conductors around which a telegraph wire ran.
Almost everywhere in the Eastern United States and Canada, the red-eyed vireo is the most common member of his family.
Birds for Kids - LEAST 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
RED-SHOULDERED HAWK, Hen Hawk, Chicken Hawk, Winter Hawk - Let any one say "Hawk" to the average farmer and he looks for his gun.
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.
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,
This is most children's favourite bird: is it yours?
Probably this is the most abundant swallow that we have; certainly countless numbers assemble every year in the Long Island and Jersey marshes,
DOWNY WOODPECKER - Birds for Kids - A hardy little friend is the downy woodpecker who, like the chickadee, stays by us the year around. Probably no other two birds are so useful in our orchards as these, that keep up a tireless search for the insect robbers of our fruit.
When you have been wandering through the summer woods did you ever, like Trowbridge, sit down
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.
BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON - Birds for Kids - excerpt from the book "Birds Every Child Should Know" by Neltje Blanchan
SEMIPALMATED PLOVER - Birds Information for Kids - excerpt from the book "Birds Every Child Should Know" by Neltje Blanchan
While the neighbourly song sparrow and the swamp sparrow delight to be near water,
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.
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.
Birds for Kids - SPOTTED SANDPIPER - excerpt from the book "Birds Every Child Should Know" by Neltje Blanchan
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.