The Upland Almanac|Spring 2020
Apparently, the grouse had choked to death on an acorn that was too big to pass through his crop.
A subsequent and highly non-scientific poll of a half-dozen grouse hunters with a combined total of more than 200 years’ experience revealed none of them had ever previously beheld the phenomenon.
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So That’s How It Started …
From the New York Times:
“In 1889, at the age of 26, Florence A. Merriam Bailey published Birds Through an Opera-Glass, considered the first field guide to American birds. The book suggested that the best way to view birds was through the lenses of opera glasses, not a shotgun sight. Her approach, now commonly practiced with binoculars, helped form the basis of modern bird watching.
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