National Geographic : 1913 Jun
Photo by Frank M. Chapman AN OVEN-BIRD LOOKING OUT OF HER NEST As an architect, the oven-bird is distinguished. Her unique nest is built on the ground of coarse grasses, weed stalks, leaves, and rootlets, and is roofed over, the entrance being at one side. It thus resembles an old-fashioned Dutch oven, and its shape is the origin of its builder's name. tive barrenness of their world, for they live in ignorance of the great store of enjoyment which might be theirs for the asking. I count each day memorable that brought me a new friend among the birds. It was an event to be recorded in detail. A creature which up to that moment existed for me only as a name, now became an inhabitant of my woods, a part of my life. With what a new in terest I got down my books again, ea gerly reading every item concerning this new friend-its travels, habits, and notes ; comparing the observations of others with what were now my own! The study of birds is not restricted to any special season. Some species are al State printer, large 8vo, pp. 434, plates Ioo. The English Sparrow in North America, espe cially in its Relation to Agriculture, prepared under the direction of C. Hart Merriam, by Walter B. Barrows; Bulletin No. i, Division of Economic Ornithology and Mammalogy of the United States Department of Agriculture, 1889. The Hawks and Owls of the United States in their Relation to Agriculture, pre pared under the direction of C. Hart Merriam, by A. K. Fisher; Bulletin No. 3, ibid., 1893. The Common Crow of the United States, by Walter B. Barrows and E. A. Schwarz; Bul letin No. 6, ibid., 1895. Preliminary Report on the Food of Woodpeckers, by F. E. L. Beal; Bulletin No. 7, ibid., 1895. (See also ways with us. Long after the leaves have fallen and the fields are bare and brown, when insect voices are hushed, and even some mammals are sleeping their winter sleep, the cheery juncos flit about our doorstep, the white-throats twitter cozily from the evergreens, tree sparrows chatter gayly over their break fast of seeds, and crows are calling from the woods. Birds are the only living creatures to be seen. What a sense of companionship their presence gives; how desolate the earth would seem without them! The ease with which we may become familiar with these feathered neighbors. of ours robs ignorance of all excuses. Once aware of their existence, we shall many other papers on the food of birds in the Annual Report and Yearbook of the United States Department of Agriculture.) Birds as. Protectors of Orchards, by E. H. Forbush: Bulletin No. 3, Massachusetts State Board of Agriculture, 1895, pp. 20-32. The Crow in Massachusetts, by E. H. Forbush; Bulletin No. 4, ibid., 1896. How Birds Affect the Farm and Garden, by Florence A. Merriam; re printed from "Forest and Stream," 1896, I6mo, pp. 3r. Price, 5 cents. Useful Birds and their Protection, by E. H . Forbush; Massachusetts Board of Agriculture, 1907, and in the special publications of the United States Biological Survey.