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A Love Affair with BirdsThe Life of Thomas Sadler Roberts$
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Sue Leaf

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780816675647

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816675647.001.0001

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Acquiring an Eagle Eye

Acquiring an Eagle Eye

Chapter:
(p.11) Chapter 2 Acquiring an Eagle Eye
Source:
A Love Affair with Birds
Author(s):

Sue Leaf

Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816675647.003.0002

This chapter describes several game hunting trips and adventures taken by the sixteen-year old Thomas Sadler Roberts and his family and friends during the spring of 1874. Drawing from his journals, the chapter highlights some of the events that clearly piqued his interest in ornithology and which ultimately gave him an eagle eye on the topic of birds. The most important being the spring migration of the Yellow-rumpled Warbler which he saw on 15 April of 1874. In his journal, Roberts noted that that he noticed for the first time a vast horde of small birds in every large tree. During this period, Roberts kept meticulous records, noting the species, sex, and age; date on which the specimen was collected; and where and by whom. His teenage records were complete enough so that some of these early specimens still remain in the University of Minnesota’s bird collection a century later.

Keywords:   game hunting, Thomas Sadler Roberts, spring, ornithology, eagle eye, birds, spring migration, Yellow-rumpled Warbler, bird collection, University of Minnesota

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