Out of the Past
Thoreau
March 12






and Other Natural History Essays

Henry David Thoreau
Henry David Thoreau
American Writer

Grass Finch
Grass Finch
Blackbird
Blackbird
Lark Sparrow
Lark Sparrow
A Field Guide to Edible Wild Plants
A Field Guide to Edible Wild Plants
Thoreau at Walden
Thoreau at Walden
by John Porcellino

Journal, Volume 5
Journal
Volume 5

Wild Fruits
Wild Fruits
Thoreau's Rediscovered Last Manuscript

Our Common Dwelling
Our Common Dwelling
Henry Thoreau, Transcendentalism, and the Class Politics of Nature

Walden, or Life in the Woods Poster
Walden, or Life in the Woods
Poster


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Up railroad to woods. We have white frosts these mornings.

This is the blackbird morning. Their sprayey notes and conquerce ring with the song sparrows' jingle all along the river. Thus gradually they acquire confidence to sing.

It is a beautiful spring morning. I hear my first robin peep distinctly at a distance on some higher trees on a high key. No singing yet.

I hear from an apple tree a faint cricket-like chirp, and a sparrow darts away, flying far, dashing from side to side. I think it must be the white-in-tail, or grass finch.

Saw either a large mouse or a ground squirrel on the snow near the edge of the wood - probably the former.




I hear a jay loudly screaming phe-phay phe-phay - a loud, shrill chickadee's phebe. Now I see and hear the lark sitting with head erect, neck outstretched, in the middle of a pasture, and I hear another far off singing. Sing when they first come. All these birds do their warbling especially in the still, sunny hour after sunrise, as rivers twinkle at their sources. Now is the time to be abroad and hear them, as you detect the slightest ripple in smooth water. As with tinkling sounds the sources of streams burst their icy fetters, so the rills of music begin to flow and swell the general quire of spring. Memorable is the warm light of the spring sun on russet fields in the morning.
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