Out of the Past
Thoreau
April 11






and Other Natural History Essays



         

9 a m . To Haverhill via Cambridge and Boston.
Dr. Harris says that that early black-winged, buff-edged butterfly is the Vanessa Antiopa, and is introduced from Europe, and is sometimes found in this state alive in winter. The orange-brown one with scalloped wings, and smaller somewhat, is Vanessa Progne.

At Natural History Rooms, saw the female red-wing, striped white and ash; female cow-bird, ashy-brown.

First. The swamp sparrow is ferruginous-brown (spotted with black) and ash above about neck; brownish-
white beneath; undivided chestnut crown.

Second. The grass-bird, grayish-brown, mingled with ashy-whitish above; light, pencilled with dark brown beneath; no marked crown, outer tail feathers whitish, perhaps a faint bar on wing.

Third. Field sparrow, smaller than either; marked like first, with less black, and less distinct ash on neck,
and less ferruginous and no distinct crown.

Fourth. Savannah sparrow, much like second, with more black, but not noticeable white in tail, and a little more brown; no crown marked.

Enaheriza rniliaria Gmel. (What is
appears to be my young of purple finch.




One Maryland yellow-throat, probably female, has no black on side head, and is like a summer yellow-bird except that the latter has ends of the wings and tail black.
1853
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