and Other Natural History Essays
Henry David Thoreau
Yellow Shafted Northern Flicker on an Old Snag with Nesting Holes
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
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is a warm afternoon, and great numbers of painted and spotted tortoises
are lying in the sun in the meadow. I notice that the thin scales are
peeling off of one of the painted and curled up more than half an inch
at the edges, and others look as if they had just lost them, the
dividing-line being of a dull creamcolor. Has this lying in the sun
anything to do with it?
I nearly stepped upon a song sparrow and a striped snake at the same time. The bird fluttered away almost as if detained. I thought it was a case of charming, without doubt, and should think so still if I had not found her nest with five eggs there, which will account for her being so near the snake that was about to devour her.
Of course, that bird can drum with its wings on a log which can go off with such a powerful whir, beating the air. I have seen a thoroughly frightened hen and cockerel fly almost as powerfully, but neither can sustain it long. Beginning slowly and deliberately, the partridge's beat sounds faster and faster from far away under the boughs and through the aisles of the wood until it becomes a regular roll, but is speedily concluded. How many things shall we not see and be and do, when we walk there where the partridge drums!
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