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A Bird-Lover in the West »


By Olive Thorne Miller

Birds ‌ Birds – West (U.S.)

A Bird-Lover in the West

by

Olive Thorne Miller (Harriet Mann Miller)

BOSTON AND NEW YORK
HOUGHTON, MIFFLIN AND COMPANY
The Riverside Press, Cambridge
1900

Copyright, 1894,
BY H. M. MILLER.

All rights reserved.

The Riverside Press, Cambridge, Mass., U. S. A. Electrotyped and Printed by H. O. Houghton & Co.

INTRODUCTORY.

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.

CONTENTS.

IN THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS.

PAGE

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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