Image from page 168 of "How to study birds; a practical guide for amateur bird-lovers and camera-hunters" (1910)
Authors: Job, Herbert Keightley, 1864-1933
Publisher: New York, Outing publishing company
Contributing Library: American Museum of Natural History Library
Digitizing Sponsor: Biodiversity Heritage Library
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meadow-larks, in straggling parties. Some of the more northern birds are very Irreg-ular in their appearances, sometimes not coming asfar south as Massachusetts for years at a time. ThisIs notably true of the pine grosbeak, the two crossbills,and the redpoll. Their coming is thought to dependmore upon the food supply than on the weather.The winters when they appear are hailed with delightby bird lovers. When we see in the evergreens or shade trees ofthe garden a flock of gray birds about the size of arobin, we at once surmise that the pine grosbeak hascome. They feed a great deal on buds, ash and ma-ple seeds, and frozen fruit. The crossbills livelargely on the seeds which they extract from the vari-ous evergreen cones — spruce, pine, and hemlock.Their mellow call notes uttered as they fly from treeto tree thrill us with delight. Another thrill comes when one approaches a flockof small birds feeding on weed stems projecting abovethe snow, thinking that they are goldfinches, and sees
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Entire Kincrbird family at nest, on fencepost by railroad.
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