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A Bird-Lover in the West by Olive Thorne Miller

A BIRD-LOVER IN THE WEST

BY

OLIVE THORNE 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.

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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._


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