and Other Natural History Essays
Henry David Thoreau
1855 Fast-Day Sermon Reverend Portraits
Rocks, Trees, Moss
Thumbing Through Thoreau
A Book of Quotations by Henry David Thoreau
On The Study Of Words
by Richard C. Trench
Thoreau the Land Surveyor
The Complete Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson & Henry David Thoreau
Walden, or Life in the Woods
6" Display, U.S. & International Wireless
a pitch pine on side of J. Hosmer's river hill, a pine warbler, by
ventriloquism sounding farther off than it was, which was seven or
eight feet, hopping and flitting from twig to twig, apparently picking
the small flies at and about the base of the needles at the extremities
of the twigs. Saw two afterward on the walls by roadside.
A warm and hazy but breezy day. The sound of the laborers' striking the iron rails of the railroad with their sledges, is as in the sultry days of summer -- resounds, as it were, from the hazy sky as a roof -- a more confined and, in that sense, domestic sound echoing along between the earth and the low heavens. The same strokes would produce a very different sound in the winter.
Evening. Hear the snipe a short time at early starlight.
I hear this evening for the first time, from the partially flooded meadow across the river, I standing on this side at early starlight, a general faint, prolonged stuttering or steriorous croak, that kind of growling, like wild beasts or a coffee-mill, which you can produce in throat. It seems too dry and wooden, not sonorous or pleasing enough, for the toad. I hear occasionally the bullfrog's note, croakingly and hoarsely but faintly imitated, in the midst of it, whiich makes me think it may be they, though I have not seen any frogs so large yet, but that one by the railroad which I suspect may have been a fontinalis.
What sound do the tortoises make beside hissing?
The whole meadow resounds, probably from onenend of the river to the other, this evening, with this faint, stertorous breathing. It is the -,vaking up of the meadows. Louder than all is heard the shrill peep of the hylodes and the hovering note of the snipe, circling invisible above them all.
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