Use this Burgess Bird Book Resource Guide as a ONE STOP SHOP to put together your own Bird Study Unit.  Below you can find FREE DOWNLOADS to the books, FREE AUDIOBOOK downloads, FULL CHAPTER BY CHAPTER BIRD LIST with links to further information, COLORING PAGES, NOTEBOOKING PAGES, AUDIO CLIPS, and VIDEO CLIPS.  

 

Thornton Burgess was a master at teaching children about the wildlife around them in a way in which they didn’t even realize they were learning.  Charming and gentle, Burgess’s stories are a delight for children of all ages (and their parents too!)

Thornton knew his birds and animals.  A keen naturalist and observer (inspired by his youth years mostly outside), he wrote over 100 books and nearly 15,000 short stories.

The Bird Book is a fantastic place to start your journey into Burgess’s world or for starting a bird unit.  Peter Rabbit, hopping around the Old Orchard, chats with his friend Jenny Wren as he discovers all the new springtime arrivals.  One by one, we learn about the appearance, behavior, migration, nesting and feeding habits, songs and calls,  and how each bird cares for its young.

Where to Get the Book (Print, eBook, or Audiobook Versions) 

Being in the public domain, you can easily find a free ebook version below.  If you prefer a print version (I do!), you can find reprints with the original color illustrations on Amazon as well as cheap used copies and if you are lucky enough to find an older copy on eBay with color illustrations, it can be kept as a beautiful heirloom.  

Free Printables 

3 part cards, coloring pages, notebooking pages OH MY!  Blog moms are so talented, putting together all these amazing resourses for you to use in your bird study!  FREE COLORING PAGES IN THE CHAPTER BY CHAPTER GUIDE BELOW!

 

 

  • The Love Your Homeschool Companion Pack to the Burgess Bird Book.  FREE HUGE RESOURCE… Notebooking Pages and Printable Images for each bird in the series, organized by chapter!

 

Videos

Additional Supplements

    Chapter by Chapter Bird List with Additional Resource Links

    Included in the section below are links to chapter audio clips, free downloadable coloring pages, song clips, free notebooking page and printable pictures as well as the corresponding page in the Handbook of Nature Study by Anna Comstock (HBNS) when applicable.  

    **The thumbnail images next to each chapter are the actual illustrations from the book.  In my edition, the birds discussed and the chapter picture did not always match.  I have lined up the pictures to the birds when possible and included additional artwork from Louis A. Fuertes when a particular chapter did not have a picture.  If you would like to learn more about the original artist go here for an in depth read.

    Chapter 1:  Jenny Wren Arrives

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    House Wren  (Troglodytes aedon)

    Coloring Page | Song Clip | House Wren Page and Printable Picture-2 | About | Video Clip.  | HBNS Page 46

    Chapter 2:  The Old Orchard Bully

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    House Sparrow/English Sparrow  (Passer domesticus)

    Coloring Page | Song Clip | House Sparrow Page and Printable Picture| About | Video Clip and Here | HBNS Page 83

    Chapter 3:  Jenny Has A Good Word for Some Sparrows

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    Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)

    Coloring Page | Song Clip | Song Sparrow Page and Printable Picture-2 | About | Video Clip and Here | HBNS Page 89

    • White-Throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis)

    Coloring Page | Song Clip | White Throated Sparrow Page and Printable Picture  | About | Video Clip and Here

    • Fox Sparrow (Passerella iliaca)

    Coloring Page | Song Clip | Fox Sparrow Page and Printable Picture | About | Video Clip  

     

     

    Chapter 4:  Chippy, Sweetvoice and Dotty

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    Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina)

    Coloring Page | Song Clip | Chipping Sparrow Page and Printable Picture| About | Video Clip | HBNS Page 86

    • Vesper Sparrow (Pooecetes gramineus)

    Coloring Page | Song Clip | Vesper Sparrow Page and Printable Picture | About | Video Clip

    • Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus)

    Coloring Page | Song Clip | Tree Sparrow Page and Printable Picture-2 | About | Video Clip

     

     

    Chapter 5:  Peter Learns Something He Hadn’t Guessed

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    Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis)

    Coloring Page | Song Clip | Eastern Bluebird Page and Printable Picture | About | Video Clip | HBNS Page 62

    • American Robin (Turdus migratorius)

    Coloring Page | Song Clip | American Robin Page and Printable Picture | About | Video Clip | HBNS Page 57

     

     

    Chapter 6:  An Old Friend in a New Home

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    Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)

    Coloring Page | Song Clip | Eastern Phoebe Page and Printable Picture | About | Video Clip | HBNS Page 27

    • Least Flycatcher (Empidonax minimus)

    Coloring Page | Song Clip | Least Flycatcher Page and Printable Picture | About | Video Clip 

     

     

    Chapter 7:  The Watchman of the Old Orchard

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    Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus)

    Coloring Page | Song Clip | Eastern Kingbird Page and Printable Picture | About | Video Clip  (western kingbird)

    • Great Crested Flycatcher (Myiarchus crinitus)

    Coloring Page. page 6 of PDF | Song Clip | Great Crested Flycatcher Page and Printable Picture| About | Video Clip 

     

     

    Chapter 8:  Old Clothes and Old Houses

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    Wood Peewee (Contopus virens)

    Coloring Page | Song Clip |  Wood Peewee Notebook Page and Printable Picture| About | Video Clip

     

    Chapter 9:  Longbill and Teeter

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    American Woodcock  (Scolopax minor)

    Coloring Page | Song Clip | American Woodcock Page and Printable Picture | About | Video Clip | HBNS Page 136

    • Spotted Sandpiper  (Actitis macularius)

    Coloring Page | Song Clip | Spotted Sandpiper Page and Printable Picture | About | Video Clip 

     

    Chapter 10:  Redwing and Yellow Wing

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    • Redwing Blackbird  (Agelaius phoeniceus)

    Coloring Page | Song Clip | Redwing Blackbird Page and Printable Picture| About | Video Clip | HBNS Page 117

    • Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)

    Coloring Page | Song Clip | Northern Flicker Page and Printable Picture | About | Video Clip one and two and here | HBNS Page 79

     

    Chapter 11:  Drummers and Carpenters

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    Downy Woodpecker  (Picoides pubescens)

    Coloring Page | Song Clip | Downey Woodpecker Page and Printable Picture | About | Video Clip | HBNS Page 70

    • Hairy Woodpecker (Leuconotopicus villosus)

    Coloring Page | Song Clip | Hairy Woodpecker Page and Printable Picture| About | Video Clip 

    •  Red Headed Woodpecker (Melanerpes eryth)

    Coloring Page | Song Clip | Red Headed Woodpecker Page and Printable Picture | About | Video Clip | HBNS Page 76

    Chapter 12:  Some Unlikely Relatives

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    Cowbird  (Molothrus)

    Coloring Page | Song Clip | Cowbird Page and Printable Picture | About | Video Clip | HBNS Page 87

    • Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula)

    Coloring Page | Song Clip | Baltimore Oriole Page and Printable Picture | About | Video Clip and Here | HBNS Page 120

    Chapter 13:  More of the Blackbird Family

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    • Orchard Oriole (Icterus spurius)

    Coloring Page | Song Clip | Orchard Oriole Page and Printable Picture | About | Video Clip | HBNS Page 122

    • Bobolink (Dolichonyx oryzivorus)

    Coloring Page | Song Clip | Bobolink Page and Printable Picture | About | Video Clip | HBNS Page 37

     

    Chapter 14:  Bob White and Carole the Meadowlark

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    Northern Bobwhite Quail (Colinus virginianus)

    Coloring Page | Song Clip | Northern Bobwhite Quail Page and Printable Picture | About | Video Clip | HBNS Page 136

    • Meadowlark (Sturnella magna)

    Coloring Page | Song Clip | Meadowlark Page and Printable Picture | About | Video Clip | HBNS Page 80

    Chapter 15:  A Swallow and One Who Isn’t

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    Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)

    Coloring Page | Song Clip | Tree Swallow Page and Printable Picture| About | Video Clip | HBNS Page 111

    • Chimney Swift  (Chaetura pelagica)

    Coloring Page | Song Clip | Chimney Swift Page and Printable Picture | About | Video Clip and here and here HBNS Page 115

    Chapter 16:  A Robber in the Old Orchard

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    Purple Martin (Progne subis)

    Coloring Page | Song Clip | Purple Martin Page and Printable Picture | About | Video Clip | HBNS Page 115

    • Barn Swallow  (Hirundo rustica)

    Coloring Page | Song Clip | Barn Swallow Page and Printable Picture | About | Video Clip | HBNS Page 114

    Chapter 17:  More Robbers

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    American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)

    Coloring Page | Song Clip | American Crow Page and Printable Picture | About | Video Clip | HBNS Page 124

    • Blue Jay  (Cyanocitta cristata)

    Coloring Page | Song Clip | Blue Jay Page and Printable Picture | About | Video Clip | HBNS Page 125

    Chapter 18:  Some Homes in the Green Forest

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    Ovenbird (Seiurus aurocapilla)

    Coloring Page | Song Clip | Ovenbird Page and Printable Picture | About | Video Clip 

    • Red-tailed Hawk  (Buteo jamaicensis)

    Coloring Page | Song Clip | Red Tailed Hawk Page and Printable Picture| About | Video Clip | HBNS Page 104

    Chapter 19:  A Maker of Thunder and a Friend in Black

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    • Ruffed Grouse (Bonasa umbellus)

    Coloring Page | Song Clip | Ruffed Grouse Page and Printable Picture | About | Video Clip | HBNS Page 136

    • Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula)

    Coloring Page | Song Clip | Common Grackle Page and Printable Picture | About | Video Clip

    Chapter 20:  A Fisherman Robbed

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    • Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)

    Coloring Page | Song Clip | Osprey Page and Printable Picture | About | Video Clip | HBNS Page 104

    • Bald Eagle  (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)

    Coloring Page | Song Clip | Bald Eagle Page and Printable Picture | About | Video Clip 

    Chapter 21:  A Fishing Party

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    • Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)

    Coloring Page | Song Clip | Great Blue Heron Page and Printable Picture | About | Video Clip 

    • Kingfisher  (Megaceryle alcyon)

    Coloring Page | Song Clip |Kingfisher Page and Printable Picture | About | Video Clip | HBNS Page 97

    Chapter 22:  Some Feathered Diggers

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    • Bank Swallow (Riparia riparia)

    Coloring Page | Song Clip | Bank Swallow Page and Printable Picture | About | Video Clip | HBNS Page 111, 114

    • American Sparrow Hawk  or American Kestrel (Falco sparverius)

    Coloring Page | Song Clip | American Kestrel Page and Printable Picture | About | Video Clip | HBNS Page 106

    Chapter 23:  Some Big Mouths

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    • Nighthawk (Chordeiles minor)

    Coloring Page | Song Clip | Nighthawk Page and Printable Picture | About | Video Clip

    •  Whip-poor-will  (Antrostomus vociferus)

    Coloring Page | Song Clip | Whip-Poor-Will Page and Printable Picture| About | Video Clip

    •   Chuck-wills-widow (Antrostomus carolinensis)

    Coloring Page | Song Clip | Chuck-wills-widow Page and Printable Picture | About | Video Clip

     

    Chapter 24:  The Warblers Arrive

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    • Redstart (Phoenicurus)

    Coloring Page | Song Clip | American Redstart Page and Printable Picture| About | Video Clip 

    •  Yellow Warbler  (Setophaga petechia)

    Coloring Page | Song Clip | Yellow Warbler Page and Printable Picture | About | Video Clip 

    Chapter 25:  Three Cousins Quite Unlike

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    • Black and White Warbler (Mniotilta varia)

    Coloring Page | Song Clip | Black and White Warbler Page and Printable Picture | About | Video Clip 

    •  Common Yellowthroat  (Geothlypis trichas)

    Coloring Page | Song Clip | Common Yellowthroat Page and Printable Picture | About | Video Clip 

    •  Yellow Breasted Chat (Icteria virens)

    Coloring Page on page 26 of PDF | Song Clip | Yellow Breasted Chat Page and Printable Picture | About | Video Clip 

     

    Chapter 26:  Peter Gets a Lame Neck

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    • Parula (Setophaga americana)

    Coloring Page on page 14 of PDF | Song Clip | Northern Parula Page and Printable Picture| About | Video Clip 

    •  Yellow Rumped or Myrtle Warbler  (Setophaga  coronata)

    Coloring Page | Song Clip | Yellow Rumped Warbler Page and Printable Picture | About | Video Clip

    •  Magnolia Warbler (Setophaga magnolia

    Coloring Page | Song Clip | Magnolia Warbler Page and Printable Picture| About | Video Clip

    Chapter 27:  A New Friend and an Old One

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    • Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)

    Coloring Page | Song Clip | Northern Cardinal Page and Printable Picture| About | Video Clip  | HBNS Page 127

    •  Catbird  (Dumetella carolinensis)

    Coloring Page | Song Clip | Catbird Page and Printable Picture | About | Video Clip | HBNS Page 95

    Chapter 28:  Peter Sees Rosebreast and Finds Redcoat

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    • Rose Breasted Grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus)

    Coloring Page | Song Clip | Rose Breasted Grosbeak Page and Printable Picture | About | Video Clip

    • Scarlet Tanager  (Piranga olivacea)

    Coloring Page | Song Clip | Scarlet Tanager Page and Printable Picture| About | Video Clip

    Chapter 29:  The Constant Singers

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    • Red Eyed Vireo (Vireo olivaceus)

    Coloring Page | Song Clip | Red Eyed Vireo Page and Printable Picture| About | Video Clip | HBNS Page 45

    •  Warbling Vireo  (Vireo gilvus)

    Coloring Page WV | Song Clip | Warbling Vireo Page and Printable Picture | About | Video Clip

    •  Yellow-throated Vireo (Vireo flavifrons)

    Coloring Page | Song Clip | Yellow Throated Vireo Page and Printable Picture | About | Video Clip

     

    Chapter 30:  Jenny Wren’s Cousins

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    • Brown Thrasher (Toxostoma rufum)

    Coloring Page | Song Clip | Brown Thrasher Page and Printable Picture | About | Video Clip | HBNS Page 93

    • Mockingbird  (Mimus polyglottos)

    Coloring Page | Song Clip | Mockingbird Page and Printable Picture| About | Video Clip | HBNS Page 91

    Chapter 31:  Voices of the Dusk

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    • Wood Thrush (Hylocichla mustelina)

    Coloring Page | Song Clip | Wood Thrush Page and Printable Picture | About | Video Clip | HBNS Page 62

    •  Hermit Thrush  (Catharus guttatus)

    Coloring Page | Song Clip | Hermit Thrush Page and Printable Picture| About | Video Clip | HBNS Page 62

    •  Wilson’s Thrush or Veery or Tawny Thrush (Catharus fuscescens)

    Coloring Page | Song Clip | Wilson’s Thrush Page and Printable Picture | About | Video Clip | HBNS Page 62

     

    Chapter 32:  Peter Saves a Friend and Learns Something

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    • Towhee (Pipilo erythrophthalmus)

    Coloring Page | Song Clip | Towhee Page and Printable Picture | About | Video Clip

    • Indigo Bunting  (Passerina cyanea)

    Coloring Page | Song Clip | Indigo Bunting Notebooking Page and Printable Picture | About | Video Clip

    Chapter 33:  A Royal Dresser and a Late Nester

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    • Purple Finch (Haemorhous purpureus)

    Coloring Page | Song Clip |Purple Finch Notebooking Page and Printable Picture | About | Video Clip 

    • Goldfinch  (Spinus tristis)

    Coloring Page | Song Clip | American Goldfinch Notebooking Page and Printable Picture | About | Video Clip | HBNS Page 54

    Chapter 34:  Mourner the Dove and Cuckoo

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    • Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)

    Coloring Page | Song Clip | Mourning Dove Notebooking Page and Printable Picture | About | Video Clip

    • Yellow Billed Cuckoo  (Coccyzus americanus)

    Coloring Page | Song Clip | Yellow Billed Cuckoo Notebooking Page and Printable Picture | About | Video Clip

    Chapter 35:  A Butcher and a Hummer

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    • Shrike (Lanius borealis)

    Coloring Page | Song Clip | Shrike Page and Printable Picture| About | Video Clip (video may be too gruesome for sensitive children.  Images of bird impaling prey and eating them.)

    • Ruby Throated Hummingbird  (Archilochus colubris)

    Coloring Page | Song Clip | | About | Video Clip and Here | HBNS Page 115

    Chapter 36:  A Stranger and a Dandy

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    • European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)

    Coloring Page | Song Clip | European Starling Page and Printable Picture | About | Video Clip 

    • Cedar Waxwing  (Bombycilla cedrorum)

    Coloring Page | Song Clip | Cedar Waxwing Page and Printable Picture | About | Video Clip | HBNS Page 27

    Chapter 37:  Farewells and Welcomes

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    • Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)

    Coloring Page | Song Clip | Black Capped Chickadee Page and Printable Picture | About | Video Clip | HBNS Page 68

    Chapter 38:  Honker and Dippy Arrive

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    • Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)

    Coloring Page | Song Clip | Canada goose Page and Printable Picture| About | Video Clip | HBNS Page 130

    • Common Loon  (Gavia immer)

    Coloring Page | Song Clip | Common Loon Page and Printable Picture| About | Video Clip

    Chapter 39:  Peter Discovers Two Old Friends

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    • White Breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)

    Coloring Page | Song Clip | White Breasted Nuthatch Page and Printable Picture | About | Video Clip | HBNS Page 65

    • Brown Creeper (Certhia americana)

    Coloring Page | Song Clip | Brown Creeper Page and Printable Picture| About | Video Clip

    Chapter 40:  Some Merry Seed Eaters

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    • American Tree Sparrow (Spizelloides arborea)

    Coloring Page | Song Clip | Tree Sparrow Page and Printable Picture | About | Video Clip | HBNS Page 83

    • Dark Eyed Junco  (Junco hyemalis)

    Coloring Page | Song Clip | Dark Eyed Junco Page and Printable Picture | About | Video Clip

    Chapter 41:  More Friends Come with the Snow

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    • Snow Bunting (Plectrophenax nivalis)

    Coloring Page | Song Clip | Snow Bunting Page and Printable Picture | About | Video Clip

    • Horned Lark (Eremophila alpestris)

    Coloring Page | Song Clip | Horned Lark Page and Printable Picture | About | Video Clip | HBNS Page 81

    Chapter 42:  Peter Learns Something About Spooky

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    • Screech Owl (Megascops asio)

    Coloring Page | Song Clip | Screech Owl Page and Printable Picture | About | Video Clip | HBNS Page 106

    Chapter 43:  Queer Feet and a Queerer Bill

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    • Crossbill (Loxia leucoptera)

    Coloring Page | Song Clip | Crossbill Page and Printable Picture | About | Video Clip

    Chapter 44:  More Folks in Red

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    • Pine Grosbeak (Pinicola enucleator)

    Coloring Page | Song Clip | Pine Grosbeak Page and Printable Picture | About | Video Clip

    • Redpoll (Acanthis flammea)

    Coloring Page | Song Clip | Redpoll Page and Printable Picture| About | Video Clip

    Chapter 45:  Peter Sees Two Terrible Feathered Hunters 

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    • Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis)

    Coloring Page | Song Clip | Goshawk Page and Printable Picture | About | Video Clip | HBNS page 108 (hawks)

    • Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus)

    Coloring Page | Song Clip | About | Video Clip | Great Horned Owl Page and Printable Picture | HBNS Page 102