Thursday, September 24, 2009

Baby birds in a line (from Bird Lore)

I was delighted to discover that Google Books now offers full reads of Bird Lore, the old Audubon publication. Early issues seem obsessed with the new art of wildlife photography. Completely offensive to contemporary norms, some photographers would take baby birds out of their nests, line them up on a tree branch, snap a family photo, and then put the babies back. As I read the issues, I'll add examples of the baby-birds-in-a-line trope. So far, I have chickadees (December 1899)

and kingfishers (!) (Jan-Feb 1908)

Fewer birds, but same idea: American bitterns

Saw-whet Owls (1901)

Screech Owls (1901)

Mockingbirds (1901)

Barn Owls



Broad-winged hawks

Bank Swallows

Red-Tailed Hawks

Rose-breasted Grosbeaks

Green Herons

House Wrens


Least Flycatchers

Black-headed Grosbeaks

Cedar Waxwings

House Wrens

American Robins


Louisiana Water-Thrushes

And finally, not birds in a row, but an audacious example of human interference for the sake of a good photo:
Chestnut-sided Warblers (1901)

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