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WITH THE BIRDS IN MAINE

BY
OLIVE THORNE MILLER

O BIRDS, your perfect virtues bring,
Your song, your forms, your rhythmic flight,
Your manners for the heart's delight.
Nestle in hedge, or barn, or roof,
Here weave your chamber weather proof.
Forgive our harms, and condescend
To man as to a lubber friend.
And, generous, teach his awkward race
Courage, and probity and grace!
                                               EMERSON.

 
BOSTON AND NEW YORK
HOUGHTON, MIFFLIN AND COMPANY
The Riverside Press, Cambridge
1904

 

PREFACE

 ALTHOUGH the studies chronicled in this book, with one or two exceptions, were made in Maine during ten summers, part or all of which I have spent there, it should be understood that the birds described are not confined to the Pine Tree State nor even to New England. They are for the most part common to the Eastern and Middle States.

Thanks are due to "Our Animal Friends" for permission to use the chapter "The Comical Chebec."

 

OLIVE THORNE MILLER.


CONTENTS

I. ON THE COAST OF MAINE
Junco. Junco hyemalis.
Chickadee. Parus atricapillus.
American Crossbill. Loxia curvirostra minor.
White-winged Crossbill. Loxia leucoptera.
 
II. UPON THE WOOD ROAD
Magnolia Warbler. Dendroica maculosa.
Yellow Warbler. Dendroica cestiva.
Black and White Warbler. Mniotilta varia.
Redstart. Setophaga ruticilla.
Myrtle Warbler. Dendroica coronata.
Chickadee. Parus atricapillus.
Hermit-thrush. Hylocichla guttata pallasii.
Oven-bird. Seiurus aurocapillus.
 
III. WHIMSICAL WHITE-THROATS
White-throated Sparrow. Zonotrichia albicollis.
 
IV. THE QUEST OF A THRUSH
Olive-backed Thrush. Hylocichla ustulata swainsoni.
Baltimore Oriole. Icterus galbula.
 
V. FAIR CASCO BAY
Black-throated Green Warbler. Dendroica virens.
 
VI. THE WILES OF A WARBLER
Parula Warbler. Compsothlypis americana usnece.
 Redstart. Setophaga ruticilla.
 
VII. FLYCATCHER VAGARIES
Alder Flycatcher. Empidonax traillii alnorum.
Olive-sided Flycatcher. Nuttallornis borealis.
Chebec. Empidonax minimus.
Kingbird. Tyrannus tyrannus.
 
VIII. A SWALLOW WOOING
Barn-swallow. Hirundo erythrogastra.
 
IX. WITH THE SEA-LOVERS
Spotted Sandpiper. Actitis macularia.
American Loon. Gavia imber.
Herring Gull. Larus argentatus.
Osprey. Pandion haliaetus carolinensis.
American Crow. Corvus americanus.
 
X. THE COMICAL CHEBEC
Chebec. Empidonax minimus.
American Robin. Merula migratoria.
White-breasted Nuthatch. Sitta carolinensis.
Baltimore Oriole. Icterus galbula.
 
XI. HAPS IN THE FIELD  
American Goldfinch. Astragalinus tristis.
Red-headed Woodpecker. Melanerpes
     eryikrocephalus.
Cedar-bird. Ampelis cedrorum.
Purple Finch. Carpodacus purpureus.
Kingbird. Tyrannus tyrannus.
 
XII. MYSTERIES OF THE MARSH
Great Blue Heron. Ardea herodias.
Flicker. Colaptes auratus luteus.
American Crow. Corvus americanus.
 
XIII. EARLY MORNING STUDIES
Mocking-bird. Mimus polyglottus.
Western Wood-pewee. Contopus richardsonii.
Western Meadow-lark. Sturnella magna neglecta.
Barn-swallow. Hirundo erythrogastra.
House-wren. Troglodytes aedon.
 
 
XIV. IN "THE SNUGGERY"  
Song-sparrow. Melospiza melodia.
Purple Finch. Carpodacus purpureus.
Flicker. Colaptes auratus luteus.
Olive-sided Flycatcher. Nuttallornis borealis.
Yellow Warbler. Dendroica cestiva.
Tree-swallow. Iridoprocne bicolor.  
 
XV. IN A LOG CAMP
Yellow-bellied Woodpecker. Sphyrapicus varius.
Chebec. Empidonax minimus.
Winter Wren. Olbiorchilus hiemalis.
Oven-bird. Seiurus aurocapillus.
Robin. Merula migratoria.
Junco. Junco hyemalis.
Black-throated Green Warbler. Dendroica virens.
Maryland Yellow-throat. Geothlypis trichas brachydactyla.
Wood-thrush. Hylocichla mustelina.
Chewink. Pipilo erythrophthalmus.
Rose-breasted Grosbeak. Zamelodia ludoviciana.
English Sparrow. Passer domesticus.
Catbird. Galeoscoptes carolinensis.