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By Olive Thorne Miller
Birds Birds – West (U.S.)
A Bird-Lover in the West
Olive Thorne Miller (Harriet Mann Miller)
BOSTON AND NEW YORK
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The Riverside Press, Cambridge, Mass., U. S. A. Electrotyped and Printed by H. O. Houghton & Co.
The studies in this volume were all made, 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 “Atlantic Monthly” and other magazines, and in the “Independent” and “Harper’s Bazar,” while others are now for the first time published.
OLIVE THORNE MILLER.
IN THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS.
I. CAMPING IN COLORADO 3
II. IN THE COTTONWOODS 17
Western wood—pewee. Contopus richardsonii. Western house wren. Troglodytes aedon aztecus. Towhee. Pipilo erythrophthalmus.
III. AN UPROAR OF SONG 32
Western meadow—lark. Sturnella magna neglecta. Horned lark. Otocoris alpestris leucolaema. Yellow warbler. Dendroica aestiva. Western wood—pewee. Contopus richardsonii. Humming—bird. Trochilus colubris. Long—tailed chat. Icteria virens longicauda.
IV. THE TRAGEDY OF A NEST 42
Long—tailed chat. Icteria virens longicauda.
V. A FEAST OF FLOWERS 52
VI. A CINDERELLA AMONG FLOWERS 60
VII. CLIFF—DWELLERS IN THE CANYON 70
Canyon wren. Catherpes mexicanus conspersus. American dipper. Cinclus mexicanus.
IN THE MIDDLE COUNTRY.
VIII. AT FOUR O’CLOCK IN THE MORNING 95
Purple grackle. Quiscalus quiscula. Mourning dove. Zenaidura macroura. Red—headed woodpecker. Melanerpes erythrocephalus. Blue jay. Cyanocitta cristata. Cardinal grosbeak. Cardinalis cardinalis. American robin. Merula migratoria. Golden—wing woodpecker. Colaptes auratus. House sparrow. Passer domesticus.
IX. THE LITTLE REDBIRDS 113
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