SEMIPALMATED PLOVER - Birds Information for Kids - excerpt from the book "Birds Every Child Should Know" by Neltje Blanchan
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;
RUFFED GROUSE - Bob-white and ruffed grouse are the fife and drum corps of the woods. That some birds are wonderful musicians everybody knows. No other orchestra contains a member who can drum without a drum.
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.
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,
GREAT BLUE HERON - Birds 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,
Among birds, as among humans, it is the father who lends his name to the family, however difficult it may be to know the mother and children by it.
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,
When the friendly little chippy leaves us in autumn, this similar but larger sparrow cousin comes into the United States from the North,
Probably this is the most abundant swallow that we have; certainly countless numbers assemble every year in the Long Island and Jersey marshes,
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.
Birds for Kids - SPOTTED SANDPIPER - excerpt from the book "Birds Every Child Should Know" by Neltje Blanchan
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,
Every child knows the bluebird, possibly the kingfisher and the blue jay, too, but there is only one other bird with blue feathers,
"What's in a name?" Our English cousins over the border are quite sure they hear this sparrow sing the praises of Swee-e-et Can-a-da, Can-a-da, Can-a-da-ah,