RED-SHOULDERED HAWK, Hen Hawk, Chicken Hawk, Winter Hawk - Let any one say "Hawk" to the average farmer and he looks for his gun.
Count that a red-letter day on your calendar when first you see either this tiny, dainty sprite, or his next of kin, the golden-crowned kinglet, fluttering, twinkling about the evergreens.
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.
Every child knows the bluebird, possibly the kingfisher and the blue jay, too, but there is only one other bird with blue feathers,
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.
In a family not conspicuous for its fine feathers, this is certainly the beauty.
CANADA GOOSE - Birds for Kids - excerpt from the book "Birds Every Child Should Know" by Neltje Blanchan
When it comes to acrobatic performances in the trees, neither the chickadee nor the titmouse can rival their relatives, the little bluish gray nuthatches.
YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO, Rain Crow - Do you own a cuckoo clock with a little bird inside that flies out of a door every hour and tells you the time? Except when it is time to go to school or to bed you are doubtless amused to hear him hiccough cuckoo, cuckoo, the mechanical notes that tell his name.
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.
Perhaps you have seen a sand bank somewhere, probably near a river or pond, where the side of the bank was filled with holes as if a small cannon had been trained against it as a target.
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.
It is not often that you can get close enough to any bird to see the white of his eyes, but the brighter olive green of this vivacious little white-eyed vireo's upper parts,
AMERICAN BITTERN, Stake-driver, Booming Bittern, Indian Hen - Birds for Kids - excerpt from the book "Birds Every Child Should Know" by Neltje Blanchan
More than any other bird family, the swallows are becoming increasingly dependent for shelter upon man, at least when they are nesting;
When the skies are leaden and the first flurries of snow warn us that winter is near, flocks of juncos, that reflect the leaden skies on their backs,
This contemptible bird every child should know if for no better reason than to despise it.
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.
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.