By Althea R. Sherman
Written within the early a part of this century, Birds of an Iowa Dooryard is stuffed with meticulous and witty observations of species either avian and human.
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Birds Near at Hand 62 V. The Phoebe 89 VI. The Nest Life of the Western House Wren 100 VII. The Cuckoos 115 VIII. Habits of the Short-billed Marsh Wren 121 IX. Notes on the Rails 133 X. Eleven Days in the Life of a Catbird 139 XI. The Strange Flycatcher 149 XII. The Nest Life of the Sparrow Hawk 152 Page viii XIII. Nest Life of the Screech Owl 167 XIV. Down with the House Wren Boxes 184 XV. The Old Ornithology and the New 196 XVI. Experiments in Feeding Hummingbirds during Seven Summers 207 XVII.
In recent years we have added several abandoned village lots to the original acreage of our homestead, and in the expression "our place" all this land is included, yet there has been little seen on the entire place, that has not had a duplicate in the dooryard also. Either on our place or in the air overhead there have Page 27 been identified 162 species of birds. The largest number of species seen for any one year is 109, and the annual average for twelve years is 103 species. The Rock Wren is one of the very few species seen on the place, but not in the dooryard.
Unfortunately the builder of these houses also questioned whether Miss Sherman had drawn her conclusions after sufficient observation. Miss Sherman wrote to this man that he was probably blinded by mercenary motives which kept him from seeing the depredations by the House Wren. The beautiful bird house was cut down and thereafter received asylum in the barn hayloft. On the House Wren issue Miss Sherman would be heard after her death. In her will she provided that those receiving the Sherman Homestead should not allow House Wrens to nest thereon.
Birds of an Iowa Dooryard (Bur Oak Book) by Althea R. Sherman