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Jepson Field Book volume 66 page 82 | University and Jepson Herbaria Archives, University of California, Berkeley

Jepson Field Book volume 66 page 82
Birds The daily migration of the blackbirds was a very wonderful thing. The vast number of flocks, the regularity of the passage, gregarious habits in feeding and in singing. My sister Frances in one of her printed articles speaks of the chorus in the walnut grove. Real food migrations in Siam are indulged in only by members of the pigeon and parrot families says a writer in Science Supplem. 6-10-38  Insects Wing beats per second: Drosophila, the fruit fly, 9,000 to 13,000; honey bee, 160 to 220; dragon flies, 30; yellow swallow-tail butterfly, 6. Hummingbird, 50 beats per second. -Cal. Ranger, vol. 11, no. 36.  -Baird, S.F., Brewer, T.M. & Ridgway, R. North Am. [American] Birds. 5 vols. -Bent, A.C. Life Histories of N. Am. Birds, U.S. Nat. Mus. Bull. Nos. 126, 130, 113.  ::::::::: The Old Time Ranches The Buck Long place; its delightful situation with reference to summer breeze. F.B. 36:151.  The North Wind The sense of power, of destruction, of devastation was very great when this wind was in full force. It overmastered one and depressed the bodily functions. The order and normality of the countryside was overthrown. Trees were whipped, branches broken off, mills blown down, a raging dust cloud filled the sky as though all fiends were let loose upon us. No horse, fowl, bull, cat or dog but seemed different or acted differently This is the flamina borealis of Avienus. Cf. Harper_s Latin Dict. 247.  Cont. from p. 85. With all this I was well content. And besides was the barn for play, the walnut grove, the vineyard, the fruit orchard and the big trees _ so much for interest and diversion. And yet in memory is engraved forever the picture of the two village lads playing ball in the clean level space under the trees at the end of the little street.
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