Tuesday, March 25, 2008

An Early American Naturalist

While watching the sun desperately try to peek out from behind the clouds I've been reading Scott Weidensaul's latest book Of a Feather. I had the great pleasure of meeting Scott when he was in Minneapolis on a book tour for Living on the Wind and found him to be quite knowledgeable as well as just a delightful speaker. He has done it again with this latest tome. I found a seasonally appropriate passage in the book from William Bartram:

"In the spring of the year the small birds of passage appear very suddenly in Pennsylvania, which is not a little surprising, and no less pleasing: at once the woods, the groves, and meads, are filled with their melody, as if they dropped down from the skies. The reason or probable cause is their setting off with high and fair winds from the southward; for a strong south and south-west wind about the beginning of April never fails bringing millions of these welcome visitors."

Here's hoping for a south wind....

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