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   "The day is ending,
               The night is descending;
        The marsh is frozen,
The river dead."


THE following list summarizes the observations of the year, so far as that can be done by the mere enumeration of names; — not a remark­able showing, for it contains few species that are unusual, and omits many that are well known; yet proving more conclusively than were otherwise possible in the same space, what a varied and abundant source of instructive pleasure is afforded all about for those who will accept Nature's constant but unobtrusive invi­tations. With about half a dozen exceptions they were all found in the Ramble.

Thrush Family (38).1

     Wood Thrush.

     Wilson's Thrush.

     Olive-backed Thrush.

     Hermit Thrush.






     Ruby-crowned Kinglet.

     Golden-crowned Kinglet.

Titmouse or Chickadee Family (17).

     Black-capped Titmouse or Chickadee.

Nuthatch Family (5).

     White-breasted Nuthatch.

     Red-breasted Nuthatch.

Creeper Family (2).

     Brown Creeper.

Wren Family (19).

     House Wren.

Warbler Family (62).

     Black-and-white Creeper.

     Blue Yellow-backed War­bler.

     Blue-winged Yellow War­bler.

     Nashville Warbler.

     Black-throated Green War­bler.

     Black-throated Blue War­bler.

     Yellow-rumped Warbler.

     Blackburnian Warbler.

     Black-poll Warbler.

     Bay-breasted Warbler.

     Chestnut-sided Warbler.

     Magnolia Warbler.

     Prairie Warbler.

     Yellow Red-poll Warbler.

     Pine-creeping Warbler.

     Golden-crowned Warbler (Oven-bird).

     Wagtail Warbler.

     Hooded Warbler.

     Black-capped Flycatching Warbler.

     Canadian Flycatching War­bler.

     Summer Yellow-bird.

     Maryland Yellow-throat.

     Yellow-breasted Chat.


Tanager Family (5).

     Scarlet Tanager.

Swallow Family (7).

     Barn Swallow.

     White-breasted Swallow.

     Cliff Swallow.

     Bank Swallow.

Waxwing Family (4).


Vireo or Greenlet. Family (16).

     Red-eyed Vireo.

     Warbling Vireo.

     Yellow-throated Vireo.

     Solitary Vireo.

Shrike Family (3).

     Great Northern Shrike or Butcher-bird.

Finch Family (123).

     Purple Finch.

     Red Crossbill.

     American Goldfinch.

     European Goldfinch.

     Grass Finch or Vesper Sparrow.

     Song Sparrow.


     Chipping Sparrow.

     Field Sparrow.

     White-throated Sparrow.

     Fox Sparrow.

     Rose-breasted Grosbeak.

     Cardinal Grosbeak.


     Towhee Bunting or Che­wink.

American Starling Family (26).


     Red-winged Blackbird.

     Baltimore Oriole.

     Purple Grackle.

Crow Family (25).

     Common Crow.

     Blue Jay.

Flycatcher Family (31).

     Great Crested Flycatcher.

     Least Flycatcher.

     Wood Pewee.



Goatsucker Family (8).



Swift Family (4).

     Chimney Swift.

Humming-bird Family (15).

     Ruby-throated Humming­bird.

Kingfisher Family (2).

     Belted Kingfisher.

Woodpecker Family (19).

     Downy Woodpecker.

     Yellow-bellied Woodpeck­er.

     Golden-winged Woodpeck­er.

Hawk Family (4).

     A young Hawk (unidenti­fied).

Pheasant Family (0).


Grouse Family (25).

     Virginia Partridge (Bob­white).

Snipe Family (43).

     Solitary Sandpiper.

     Spotted Sandpiper.

Heron Family (13).

     Black-crowned Night Her­on.

     Green Heron.

     Duck Family (58).

     Mute Swan.*

     Black Swan.*

     Canada Goose.

     Gull Family (46).

     Herring Gull.

1 The figures after each family indicate the number of species in the family to be found in North America.

* Indigenous in the Old World.

with an unexplored remainder of three species which could not be determined.

It is with a feeling of mortification that I record the fact that another's eyes were more fortunate than mine in finding that rara avis, the Cape May warbler (Dendroica tigrina), and also the more common "worm-eating warbler." But my chagrin is somewhat alleviated by the circumstance that my friend missed seeing my purple finches, crossbills, and mockingbird. Forgive me this unholy satisfaction!

In these closing hours of the old year the tide is out, and the sky is cold and dark. But after a brief period of "frost, of storm, and cloudiness," the soft, reviving glow of spring will overspread the sky, and the southern ocean will send back its waves — waves of thrushes, finches, warblers, and the rest — birds of woodland, shore, and sea; many of them doubly welcome as old friends, with here and there a stranger in the throng to give the zest of novelty; and, as courier of all the host, like a bene­diction of dying Winter on the head of Spring, Hope's special messenger — the song sparrow!

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