Bird Biographies


Produced by Stephen Hutcheson and the Online Distributed Proofreading Team at (This file was produced from images generously made available by The Internet Archive) BIRD BIOGRAPHIES A GUIDE-BOOK FOR BEGINNERS An Introduction to 150 Common Land Birds of the Eastern United States BY ALICE E. BALL Author of "A YEAR WITH THE BIRDS" ILLUSTRATED BY ROBERT BRUCE HORSFALL Painter of Backgrounds in Habitat, Groups American Museum of Natural History New York City 56 COLORED PLATES NEW YORK DODD, MEAD AND COMPANY 1923 Copyright, 1923. By DODD, MEAD & COMPANY, Inc. PRINTED IN U. S. A. VAIL-BALLOU COMPANY BINGHAMTON AND NEW YORK TO MY FRIEND ELIZABETH JONES IN LOVING ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF HER UNTIRING AID, UNWAVERING FAITH, AND INSPIRING CRITICISM THIS BOOK IS DEDICATED ACKNOWLEDGMENTS In the "Foreword" of this book I express my grateful appreciation to Dr. A. K. Fisher and Mr. E. H. Forbush for permission to use extracts from published works. I wish to add my thanks to Dr. Charles Richmond and Mr. Joseph Riley of the National Museum of Washington, for their courtesy in furnishing me with bird-skins from the National Museum collections and a copy of the A. O. U. Check-list of 1910, used for the descriptions and ranges of the birds described in the text. I am indebted to Dr. John M. Clarke, Director of the State Museum of the University of New York, for the permission to make selections from Eaton's "Birds of New York"; also to Dr. Francis H. Herrick, of Western Reserve University, and Dr. Alexander Wetmore, of the Biological Survey, for the right to quote from their publications. The selections from John Burroughs, Thoreau, Frank Bolles, Dallas Lore Sharp, Florence Merriam, Olive Thorne Miller, Henry W. Longfellow, E. R. Sill, Celia Thaxter, Lucy Larcom, and Edna Dean Proctor, are used by permission of, and by special arrangement with, The Houghton Mifflin Co., the authorized publishers. Three selections from Wilson Flagg's "Birds of New England" are used by special arrangement with the Page Co. of Boston. To the Courtesy of D. Appleton & Co. I am indebted for the right to quote one stanza of Bryant's "To a Waterfowl," dates and selections from Frank M. Chapman's "Birds of Eastern North America"; to G. P. Putman's

Alice Eliza Ball

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