Vintage Kansas - A Celebration of Kansas City Past! Birds of the Kansas City Region by Harry Harris
By Harry Harris
Associate Member American Ornithologists Union
The Cardinal.
The Chimney Swift.
The Screech Owl.
The Scarlet Tanager.
The Black Tern.
The Carolina Wren.
The Red-Eyed Vireo.

     Abundant migrant, very common summer resident and rather rare but regular winter resident.

The Robin.


     It is safe to say that there is not a day in the year when Robins are entirely absent from Jackson County.  During the coldest periods of the most sever winters a few are always to be found in the dense shelter of the bottom timber where there is an abundance of wild fruit for food.  In open and mild winters they are to be found even within the city.

     The forerunners of the migrating throngs arrive from the 10th to the 20th of February, often much earlier, and by the last of the month or in early March migration is under way in earnest.  Countless thousands continue to pass until the middle of April, by whih time the local birds have young in the nest.  The southward migration occupies October and early November.  Small flocks may be seen in late November and early December that may move further south at the approach of zero weather, but always a few hardy birds remain.

      The Robin has taken kindly to the advance of civilization and is steadily increasing in numbers despite the persecution of it in some southern states, where it is slaughtered in large numbers for food.

The Barn Swallow. The Bluebird. The House Wren. The Mourning Dove.

Birds of the Kansas City Region

The Prothonotary Warbler.
The Blue Jay.
The Wood Thrush.
The Brown Creeper.
The Warbling Vireo.
The Purple Martin.
The Robin.

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