A Bird-Lover in the West

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Text extracted from opening pages of book: A Bird-Lover in The West OLIVE I MILLER ARNO& THE NEW YORK TIMES INTEODIJCTOBY. THE studies in this volume were all made 9 as the title indicates, in the West; part of them in Colorado ( 1891), in Utah ( 1893), and the remainder ( 1892) in what I have called The Middle Country, being Southern Ohio, and West only relatively to New England and New York, where most of my studies have been made. Several chapters have appeared in the Atlan tic Monthly and other magazines, and in the Independent 95 and Harper's Bazar, while others are now for the first time published. OLIVE THORNE MILLER. CONTENTS. IN THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS. I. CAMPING IN COLORADO ........ 3 II. IN THE COTTONWOODS . 17 Western wood-pew^ e. Oantopus richard sonii. Western house wreia. Troglodytes aedon aztecus. Towhee. Pipilo erythropJiiholmns. III. AN UPROAR OF SONG-* 32 Western meadow-lark* Sturnella magna neglecta. Horned lark. Otocoris alpestris leucolmma. Yellow waxbler. Dendroica cestiva. Western wood-pewee, ( Jontopus richard sonii. Humming'-bird. TrocMlus colubrts. Long-tailed chat. Icteria virens longicauda. IV. THE TRAGEBY OF A NE# T 42 Long-tailed chat. Icteria virens longicaudm* V. A FEAST OF FLOWERS 52 VI. A ClNDEREIJLA AMONG FLOWERS 60 VIL CiLIFF-DwKUUERS IN THE CANON ..... 7G Cafton wren. Catherpes mexicanus conspersus. American dipper. Cinclus mexicanus. i CONTENTS. m THE MIDDLE COUNTRY. VHI. AT FOUB O'CLOCK IN THE MOBRING ... 95 Purple graekle. Quiscalus qidscula. Mourning dove. Zenaidura macroura. Bed-headed woodpecker. Melanerpes ery throcephalus. Blue jay. Cyanodtta cristata. Cardinal grosbeak. Cardinalis cardinally American robin. Merula migratoria. Golden-wing woodpecker. Colaptes auratus. House sparrow. Passer domesticus. IX. THE LiTTiaE REDBIKDS 113 Cardinal grosbeak. Cardinalis cardinalis. House sparrow. Passer domesticus. X. THE CAKDIHAI/ S NEST 110 Cardinal grosbeak. Cardinalis cardinalis. Bobolink. Dolichonyx oryzivorus. Meadow-lark. Sturnella magna. XL LITTLE BOY BOTE 126 Blue jay. Cyanodtta cristata. XTT-STOBY OF THE NESTLINGS . . . . , . . 136 Blue jay. Cyanodtta cristata, XIII. BLUE JAY HANKERS 144 Blue jay. Cyanodtta cristata. XIV. THE GBEAT CABOumAN 154 Great Carolina wren. Thryothorus ludovi danus. Yellow-billed cuckoo. Coccyzus americanus. Crested flycatcher. Myiarckus crinitus* XV. THE WBENMNGS APPEAB 172 CONTENTS. vii Great Carolina wren. Thryoiharus ludovi cianus. XVI. THE APPLE-TREE NEST 183 Orchard oriole. Icterus spurius. XVII. CEDAB-TBEE LITTLE FOLK 194 Mourning dove. Zenaidura macroura. BESIDE THE GREAT SALT LAKE. XVIII. IK A PASTURE 207 Louisiana tanager. Piranga ludoviciana. Green-tailed towhee. Pipilo dilorurus. Magpie. Pica pica hudsonica. XIX. THE SECBET OF THE WILD ROSE PATH . . . 231 Long-tailed chat. Icteria virens longicauda. Western robin. Merula migratoriapropinqua. Black-teaded grosbeak. Hdbia melanocepk ala. XX. OK THE LAWK 259 Lazuli-painted finch. Passerina amcena. Broad-tailed hiinanung-bird* Trochilus pla tycercus. House sparrow. Passer domesticus. IN THE EOCKY MOUNTAINS. Trust me, * t is something-to be cast Face to face with, one's self at last, To be taken out of the fuss and strife, The endless clatter of plate and knife, The bore of books, and the bores of the street, From the singular mess we agree to call Life. And to be set down on one's own two feet So nigh to the great warm heart of God, Yon almost seem to feel it beat Down from the sunshine and up from the sod ; To be compelled, as it were, to notice All the beautiful changes and chances Through which the landscape flits and glances, And to see how the face of common day Is written all over with tender histories. JAMES A IN THE CAMPING-IN COLOBADO. THIS chronicle of happy summer days with the birds and the flowers, at the foot of the Rocky Mountains, begins in the month of May, in the year eighteen hundred and ninety-two. As my train rolled quietly out of Jersey City late at night, I uttered a sigh of grati --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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