This is mainly a book about the Birds, or more properly an invitation to the study of Ornithology, and the purpose of the author will be carried out in proportion as it awakens and stimulates the interest of the reader in this branch of Natural History.
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CONTENTS INTRODUCTION TO RIVERSIDE EDITION I. THE RETURN OF THE BIRDS II. IN THE HEMLOCKS III. THE ADIRONDACKS IV. BIRDS'-NESTS V. SPRING AT THE CAPITAL VI. BIRCH BROWSINGS VII. THE BLUEBIRD VIII. THE INVITATION INDEX
LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS JOHN BURROUGHS Etched by W. H. W. Bicknell, from a daguerreotype PARTRIDGE'S NEST From a photograph by Herbert W. Gleason A CABIN IN THE ADIRONDACKS From a photograph by Clifton Johnson AMERICAN OSPREY, OR FISH HAWK (colored) From a drawing by L. A. Fuertes BIRD'S-FOOT VIOLETS From a photograph by Herbert W. Gleason BLUEBIRD From a drawing by L. A. Fuertes
INTRODUCTION TO RIVERSIDE EDITION
In coming before the public with a newly made edition of my writings, what can I say to my reader at this stage of our acquaintance that will lead to a better understanding between us? Probably nothing. We understand each other very well already. I have offered myself as his gui