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THE CLERK OF THE WOODS

BY

BRADFORD TORREY

 

“News of birds and blossoming.” SHELLEY.

 

BOSTON AND NEW YORK
HOUGHTON MIFFLIN COMPANY
The Riverside Press Cambridge

COPYRIGHT 1903
BY BRADFORD TORREY
Published September, 1903


PREFATORY NOTE

THE chapters of this book were written week by week for simultaneous publication in the “Evening Transcript” of Boston and the “Mail and Express” of New York, and were intended to be a kind of weekly chronicle of the course of events out-of-doors, as witnessed by a natural-historical observer. The title of the volume is the running title under which the articles were printed in the “Evening Transcript.” It was chosen as expressive of the modest purpose of the writer, whose business was not to be witty or wise, but simply to “keep the records.”


CONTENTS

A SHORT MONTH
A FULL MIGRATION
A FAVORITE ROUND
IN THE CAMBRIDGE SWAMP
A QUIET AFTERNOON
POPULAR WOODPECKERS
LATE SUMMER NOTES
WOOD SILENCE
SOUTHWARD BOUND
FOUR DREAMERS
A DAY IN FRANCONIA
WITH THE WADERS
ON THE NORTH SHORE AGAIN
AUTUMNAL MORALITIES
A TEXT FROM THOREAU
THE PLEASURES OF MELANCHOLY
IN THE OLD PATHS
THE PROSPERITY OF A WALK
SIGNS OF SPRING
OLD COLONY BERRY PASTURES
SQUIRRELS, FOXES, AND OTHERS
WINTER AS IT WAS
“DOWN AT THE STORE”
BIRDS AT THE WINDOW
A GOOD-BY TO WINTER
BIRD SONGS AND BIRD TALK
CHIPMUNKS, BLUEBIRDS, AND ROBINS
MARCH SWALLOWS
WOODCOCK VESPERS
UNDER APRIL CLOUDS
FLYING SQUIRRELS AND SPADE-FOOT FROGS
THE WARBLERS ARE COMING


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