Birds in the Bush

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Birds in the Bush by Bradford Torrey

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On Boston Common -- Bird-songs -- Character in feathers -- In the White mountains -- Phillida and Coridon -- Scraping acquaintance -- Minor songsters -- Winter birds about Boston -- A bird-lover's April -- An Owl's Head holiday -- A month's music.

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some other creature to be afraid of; otherwise, how would the world get on?

The advent of spring is usually announced during the first week of March, sometimes by the robins, sometimes by the bluebirds. The latter, it should be remarked, are an exception to the rule that our spring and autumn callers arrive and depart in the night. My impression is that their migrations are ordinarily accomplished by daylight. At all events I have often seen them enter the Common, alight for a few minutes, and then start off again; while I have never known them to settle down for a visit of two or three days, in the manner of most other species. This last peculiarity may be owing to the fact that the European sparrows treat them with even more than their customary measure of incivility, till the poor wayfarers have literally no rest for the soles of their feet. They breed by choice in just such miniature meeting-houses as our city fathers have provided so plentifully for their foreign protégés; a