Resource Guide – Burgess Bird Book


The Burgess Bird Book
By Thornton W. Burgess

This wonderful introduction to the birds of North America is required reading in not only Year 1 of AmblesideOnline, but in many Charlotte Mason and other Classical Studies based curricula.

Through the eyes of Peter Rabbit we become acquainted with a variety of birds as they return to Peter’s neighborhood in the spring. In the context of the story about each bird, we hear about its nesting habits, its feeding preferences, and its interactions with other wildlife. We meet Jenny Wren, Scrapper the King-bird, Redwing the Blackbird, and dozens more.

Welcome Robin and Winsome Bluebird


Advice from The Common Room

Free Downloads

Internet Archive (colour illustrations)
Project Gutenberg
The Baldwin Project
Amazon Kindle
Librivox (audio recording)

Bonus Resources

Youtube Playlist! (This is a gem!)

Mnemonic Bird Song List (Alphabetical)

Burgess Bird Book Companion or here

Coloring Pages – I have specific bird coloring pages linked further down

Photos and Original Illustrations in documents

Copywork (scroll down to Bird Book options)

Bird Song Hero Game – match the birdsongs to the spectrographs

Bird Photography (menu on left)

Bird Songs Online

Merlin Bird ID App from Cornell University (this is free, and excellent!)

Coloring pages, illustrations, study guide (all free)

Black and White images for Burgess Bird and Animal books

Notebooking Pages (free at CurrClick)

Individual original illustrations jpeg files

Cut and Color Backyard Birds

Bird Nature Study Printables

Nature Study – Bird Notebooking Pages

Bird Picture Cards

Coloring Pages

1. House Wren
2. House Sparrow
3. Song Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, Fox Sparrow
4. Chipping Sparrow, Vesper Sparrow, American Tree Sparrow
5. Eastern Bluebird, American Robin
6. Eastern Phoebe, Least Flycatcher
7. Eastern Kingbird, Great Crested Flycatcher
8. Eastern Wood Pewee
9. American Woodcock, Spotted Sandpiper
10. Red-winged Blackbird, Northern Flicker
11. Downy Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker, Red-headed Woodpecker
12. Brown-headed Cowbird, Baltimore Oriole
13. Orchard Oriole, Bobolink
14. Northern Bobwhite, Eastern Meadowlark
15. Tree Swallow, Chimney Swift
16. Purple Marten, Barn Swallow
17. American Crow, Blue Jay
18. Ovenbird, Red-tailed Hawk
19. Ruffed Grouse, Common Grackle
20. Osprey, Bald-headed Eagle
21. Great Blue Heron, Belted Kingfisher
22. Bank Swallow, American Kestrel
23. Common Nighthawk, Whip-poor-will, Chuck-will’s-widow
24. American Redstart, Yellow Warbler
25. Black-and-white Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Yellow-breasted Chat
26. Northern Parula, Myrtle (Yellow-rumped) Warbler, Magnolia Warbler
27. Northern Cardinal, Grey Catbird
28. Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Scarlet Tanager
29. Red-Eyed Vireo, Warbling Vireo, Yellow-throated Vireo
30. Brown Thrasher, Northern Mockingbird
31. Wood Thrush, Hermit Thrush, Veery (Wilson’s) Thrush
32. Eastern Towhee, Indigo Bunting
33. Purple Finch, American Goldfinch
34. Mourning Dove, Yellow-billed Cuckoo
35. Loggerhead Shrike, Ruby-throated Hummingbird
36. European Starling, Cedar Waxwing
37. Black-capped Chickadee
38. Canada Goose, Common Loon
39. White-breasted Nuthatch, Brown Creeper
40. American Tree Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco
41. Snow Bunting, Horned Lark
42. Eastern Screech Owl
43. Ruffed Grouse, Red Crossbill
44. Pine Grosbeak, Common Redpoll
45. Northern Goshawk, Great Horned Owl


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