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.

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WHIP-POOR-WILL BIRD – Birds for Kids
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.

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SWAMP SPARROW – Birds for Kids
SWAMP SPARROW – Birds for Kids

SWAMP SPARROW – Birds for Kids

Where rails thread their way among the rushes, and red-winged blackbirds, marsh wrens, and Maryland yellow-throats like to live, there listen for the tweet-tweet-tweet of the swamp sparrow.

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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,

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CHIMNEY SWIFT – Birds for Kids
CHIMNEY SWIFT – Birds for Kids

CHIMNEY SWIFT – Birds for Kids

There are some children, and grown-ups, too, who persist in calling this bird the chimney swallow, although it is not even remotely related to the swallow family, and its life history, as well as its anatomy, are quite different from a swallow's, as you shall see.

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VESPER SPARROW – Birds for Kids
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.

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DOWNY WOODPECKER – Birds for Kids
DOWNY WOODPECKER – Birds for Kids

DOWNY WOODPECKER – Birds for Kids

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.

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