National Geographic : 1914 Jul
Photo by Howard H. Cleaves THE DECOY GOLDFISH AFTER THE EXPERIMENT Showing how fins were all torn away by hawk's talons, and scratches and scars on the back of the fish. The anchor stone, thread, and nose-string are also to be seen the writer can recommend the following specific localities and general regions: Seal Island, Nova Scotia, for the her ring gull, black guillemot, Leach's petrel, eider duck, Bicknell's thrush, blackpoll warbler, and yellow-billed flycatcher. Lake George, Nova Scotia, for the great black-backed or minister gull. Muskeget Isle and Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, for the Wilson's or com mon tern, least tern, piping-plover, black duck, and laughing gull. Gardiner's Island, New York, for the fish-hawk, black-crowned night heron, common and roseate terns, piping-plover, short-eared owl, parula warbler, and Bar tramian sandpiper. Cobbs, Wreck, and Little Isaacs isl ands, Cape Charles, Virginia, for the black skimmer, or flood gull, laughing gull, clapper rail, and common tern. And the coast of South Carolina for a distance of 60 or 70 miles north of Charleston for the willet, Wilson's plover, oyster-catcher, royal tern, least tern, snowy and American egrets, Louisiana, little blue, black-crowned night, and little green herons, brown pelican, black skim mer, anhinga, or snakebird, etc., and many, many land birds, including the in comparable painted bunting. To even begin going into a detailed de scription of the home life of one of these wonderful creatures would require more space than could be allowed in a general magazine article. The writer can there fore but urge the reader to spurn the summer hotel, with its pomp and artifi ciality, charter for himself a modest sloop or power-boat, and make his way through lagoons and tide-rips to these isolated islands, and follow the picturesque chan nels of the salt marsh in quest of the bird-inhabited bars and reefs.