Table of Contents PREFACE TO FIRST EDITIONINTRODUCTION TO RIVERSIDE EDITIONI THE RETURN OF THE BIRDSII IN THE HEMLOCKSIII THE ADIRONDACKSIV BIRDS'−NESTSV SPRING AT THE CAPITAL WITH AN EYE TO THE BIRDSVI BIRCH BROWSINGSVII THE BLUEBIRDVIII THE INVITATIONPREFACE TO FIRST EDITION This is mainly a ebook about the Birds, or more properly an invitation to the study of Ornithology, and the purpose of the author will be carried out in proportion as it awakens and stimulates the interest of the reader in this branch of Natural History. Though written less in the spirit of exact science than with the freedom of love and old acquaintance, yet I have in no instance taken liberties with facts, or allowed my imagination to influence me to the extent of giving a false impression or a wrong coloring. I have reaped my harvest more in the woods than in the study; what I offer, in fact, is a careful and conscientious record of actual observations and experiences, and is true as it stands written, every word of it. But what has interested me most in Ornithology is the pursuit, the chase, the discovery; that part of it which is akin to hunting, fishing, and wild sports, and which I could carry with me in my eye and ear wherever I went. I cannot answer with much confidence the poet's inquiry, "Hast thou named all the birds without a gun?"