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Mature Series /fe 

How to tell the Birds 
from the Flowers. 





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How To Tdl THInc BiflA 



A Manual of Florrtithology 

5 or Beginners. 





Verses and Illustrations • 



B«j Kpbert Williams Wool. 



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CopyRisht 1907 

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The Bird The Burdock. i. 

The Clover The Plover 2. 

The Crow The Crocus 3. 

The Rue The Rooster 4 

The Parrot The Carrot 5 

The Pea The Peu/ee 6. 

ThePelican The Panicle 7 

The Hen The Lichen 8. 

The Hawk The Hollyhock 3. 

The Cow Bird The Coo/ slip 10, 

A Sparrer Asparagus \\ t 

The Tern The Turnip 12. 

The Ole Gander The Oleander 14, 

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The Rue Mountain Lory : The BlueMorning Glory 15. 

The^uaU- TheKate.... 16. 

The Pecan The Toucan J7. 

TheAuk The Orchid 18. 

The Cat-bird The Catnip 20. 

The Ibis The 'Ibiscus 21. 

The Butter-ball The Buttercup 22. 

The JSay The {Tau 23. 

The Pipe --The Snipe 24-. 

The Roc The Shamrock. ...is. 

The Lark The Larkspur 26. 

The Puffin Muffin 27 

Authors Apology 28. 



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The Bird and the Burdock. 

Who is there who has never heard, 
About the Burdock and the Bird? 
find, yet how very very j'eu/, 
Discriminate between the two, 
While even Mr. Burbank can't 
Transform a Bird into a Plant! 




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TheCloveE The Plover. 

The Plover and the Clover call be told 

apart with ease, 

By pay ins close attention to the 

habits of the Bees, 

for ento-molo-3'tsts aver, the Bee 

can be in Clover, 

While etij-molo-£tsts concur, there 

is no B in Tlover. 
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The Cr@ 



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Some are un^bie f as you. Xnouu, 
To tell the CrOCUS $rom the CroiU; 
TKe reason tuhy Is just because 
They are not versed in .Matures lau/s. 
The noisy, cauunjs Crows all come, 
Obedient to the Cro'custom, 

A tarse Crow Caw-cus to convoke. 
You never hear the Crocus croak! 



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Tb©Rw©- The Rooster. 



Of Rooster the rudiment clearly 



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And the bird from tKe plant 

very probably grew. 
Vou can easily tell them apart 

without (ail, 
By merely observing the Rue 

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Tte Parrot The ti 



The Parrot and the Carrot we may 

easily confound, 
They're very much ali^e in. looks 

and similar in sound, 
We recognize the Parrot by his 

dear articulation, 
por Carrots are unable to ensase 

in conversation. 

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To tell l\ve Pewee $vom Vhe pea, 
Requires sreat per-spi-cac-Uy. 
Here in the pod we see the pea, 
While perched close by is the peuiee; 
The pea he hears the Pewee peep, 
While pewee sees the wee Pea weep. 
There'll be but little time to see, 
How pewee dtfters Jrom the Pea. 

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The Panicle and Pelican 
Have often been confused; 
The letters which spell pelican 
In "Panicle are used. 
You never need confound the two, 
There are many ways oj telling; 
The simplest thing that one can do, 
Is to observe the spelling. 



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The Lichens lie on rocks and bark, 

They look somewhat like Hens: 
Hens lay, they tie, we may remark, 
A difference of tense. 



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To recognize this Bird- of -Prey, 
The broody Hen you should survey: 
She takes her Chicks on daily u/alKs, 

Among the neigh boring Hollyhocks, 
While with the Hawk association, 
Is quite beyond her toleration. 

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Growins in mires, in sold attired, 
The Cowslip has been much admired, 
/Mho' its proper name, were told, 
Is reaUu the Marsh Marigold; 
The Cow Bird picture, I suspect, 
Is absolutely incorrect, 
We make such errors now and then, 
A sort of cow slip oj the pen. 

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The Sparrow, iron Hums, is Quite 
r 3 oiro) breath, 

In jact he has worKea himself 

almost to death, 
While the lazy Asparagus,— 

-so it is said,- 

Spends all of his time in the 

•'spara^us bed. 

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Tte Tern. 7fe Twfrnif> 

To tell the' Turnip from the Tern, 
/L thins which everyone should learn, 
Observe the Tern up in the air, 
See "hou/ he turns,- and now compare 
Him unth this inert vegetable, 
Who thus to tarn is cjuite unable, ! 
por he is rooted to the Spot, ; 

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While as we see the Tern is not: 
He 'is not always doomed to be 
Thus hound, to earth e-tenvaUj/, 

for "Cooked to a turn may be inferred, 
o change the Turnip to Ine Bird. 




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Observe the Turnip in the pot, 
The Tern is ,?lad that he is not! 



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The Gander loves to promenade 
/Iround the jarmers poultry-yard, 
WhUe,as u/e see, the Oleander 
Is quite unable to meander. 



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The Blue Mountain Lory spends most 

of His time # 
In climbing about in a tropical clime; 
We therefore out* efforts need only 

confine,. 
To minutelu observing the climb 

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The California Quail is said 

To have a taif upon his head,* 
While contrary-wise u/e sti/le the J^le, 
ft cabbage head upon a tail. 

It is not hard to tell the two. 
The Puail commences u/ith a queue. 



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The Pecan. The Toucam 

Very £eu» can 
TeU the Toucan 
From the Pecan - 
Here's a new plan: 
To take the Toucan from the tree, 
Requires im-mense agil-i-tee, 
White anu one can pick with ease 
The pecans ^romthe Pecan trees: 
It's suck an easy thins to do. 
That even the Toucan he can too. 

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We seldom meet, u/hen out to walk, 
Cither the Orchid or the Auk; 
The Auk indeed is only known 
To dwellers in the Auktic lone, 
While Orchids can be Joun din legions, 
Within the equatorial regions. 
The graceful Orchid on its stalk, 
Resembles so the auk-ward .fluk; 



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'Tis plain u/e must some means 

discover, 

ToteU the tuio (prom one another: 
The obvious difterence, to be sure, 
Is merely one o\ temperature. 






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For Eskimos ,perhaps,ttie Auk 
Performs the duties oj the Stork. 



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.TbaCiit-bird. ■ The Cflt-nlp. 

The Cat- birds call resembles that, 

Emitted by the pussy Cat, 
While Cat-mp,srouuns by the u/all, 
Is never hnoum to caterwaul: 
Its odor though attracts the Kits, 
JKnd throws them in Catniption Jits. 



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Tte Ibis. TtelbiM 



The sacred Ibis tetts his beads, 
>tad gravely from his prayer-book reads; 
The Ibis merfore we may say , 
Is classified a bird-o/-pretj . 
Ibiscus we havejieard related, 
The "Crimson-Eye" is designated; 
Their difference is plain indeed , 
The flower is red,the bird can read. 

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Tib© ©8rtter-b«n. The Btt«ter-©Mp. 

TheltfueMter-cup can sins, 
From morn 'til night line anuthins; 
The quacking of the Batter-baU, 
Cannot be called a song at all. 
We thus the jlou/er may learn to fyioui, 
Its song is reproduced belou/. 



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TheBlue-Jay.as we plainly see, 
Resembles much the §reet) Bay tree: 
The difference between the two, 
Is ob-i/L-ous-ly one of hue. 
Thoueh this is not the only u/ay, 
To tell the Blue -day from the Bay . 



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Observe the common Indian pipe, 
Likewise the high-bred English Snipe; 
Who is distingui$hed,as we see, 

By his superior pedigree. 




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Observe >iou; peacefully the Cows 
/Imons the little Shamrocks browse, 
In contrast u/itK their actions frantic 
When they perceive the Roc sisantic; 
We need, but u/atcH their occupation. 
/W seeK no other explanation. 



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The Lark. 



The Larkspurs likeness to the Lark 

Is surely worthy of remark, 
Although to see it u/e require 
The aid of a smalt magnifier, 
Which circumstance of course implies, 
Their dijjerence is one of size. 



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Upon this cate of ice is perched 
The paddle-footed fujin: 
To jind his double we have 

Searched, 
But have discovered - Nufjin I 



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.Authors -flpolosy. 

Not every one is alu/aijs able 
To recognize a vegetable , 

For some are guided bu tradition, 
While others use their intuition, 
/Ind even I make no pretense 
Oj having more than common sense; 
Indeed these strange homologies 
Are in most flormthologies, 
And I have freely drawn upon 
The works oj Gra^ and Audubon, 
Avoiding though the Jrequent blunders 
0$ those who studu Nature's wonders. 



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