Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Aimless Reading: The A's, Part 27

Audobon, John James
Writings and Drawings

Ok, I admit: I bought this one for the pictures and because it was in the bargain bin at the outlet mall. I've never read it and probably never will.

So, here's a quick passage and an extra picture for good measure:

Purple Grakle or Common
Quiscalis versicolor, Vielle.

I could not think of any better bode of representing these birds than that which I have adopted, as it exhibits them in the exercise of their nefarious propensities. Look at them: The male, as if full of delight at the sight of the havoc which he has already committed on the tender, juicy, unripe corn on which he stands, has swelled his throat, and is calling in exultation to his companions to come and assist him in demolishing it. The female has fed herself, and is about to fly off with a well-loaded bill to her hungry and expectant brood, that, from the nest, look on their plundering parents, joyously anticipating the pleasures of which they ere long shall be allowed to participate. See how torn the husk is from the ear, and how nearly devoured the grains of corn already are! This is the tithe our Blackbirds take from out planters and farmers; but it was so appointed, and such is the will of the beneficent creator.

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