Monthly Bulletin of the Outdoor Nature Club of Houston, Tex.
Vol. 1, No. 2
"What e'er birus did or dreamed, this bird would say
Then down he shot, bounced airily along
The sward, twitched in a grass-hopper, made a song
Mid flight perched, prinked, and to his art again"
— Sidney Lanier.
The pageant of fluttering wings and the symphony of
bird songs and calls and trills may ebb and flow in accordance
with seasonal impulses, but the flash of two white spots from a
gray background and the medley of numerous bira songs all in one
- the mockingbird - that is the charm of the Southland! Some
birds may be regarded as guests, tourists, or visitors from afar,
and entitled to special favors, but the mockingbird is "home
folks", our ever-present companion and never-failing choir of
inspiration and good cheer.
The mockingbird has been called, "the poor man's symphony" because its concerts are more highly appreciated by people
who do not pretend to have artistic tastes than are the songs of
any other biro.. But it .is the "rich i__n's symphony" as well,
for its ever-changing, cheerful,ana inspiring song gives courage,
independence' and restfulness to rich ana poor alike. Who Cejinot
meet the cares and vexations and perplexities of a day's work with
better graceafter hearing„the encouraging trill of this- master
vocalist of the bird world? .
Because this bird has obtained immunity from persecution
by man, it prefers to nest in orchards and gardens where less
favored birds are not allowed. Sentiment is the real protection
for birds, and no other bird is so well protected by public sentiment. Most any crowd of boys,.out for strenuous life, will include one or two members who will bravo the gibes and ridicule of
the others in order to offer an objection to harming a mockingbird or destroying its nest. A boy who usos his influence in
protecting the birds renders a very important service to humanity;
he is a real sportsman.
Birds may come and go, but tho mockingbird is the bird
of youth and the bird of old age, the universally loved symphony
of the back yard.
On November 11th, throughout the United States, hundreds
of trees will be planted in honor of America's heroes of tho great
wari Each year, as poppies bloom on Flanders' fields, these
fitting memorials will -lift their crowns higher towards tho sky,
and man and bird and Basst will enjoy their friendly bentficence.
- sturdy oaks, graceful elms, stately firs, useful pecanfe, and
beautiful magnolias and hollies. Even a child may plant a tree;
tho whisperings of the' breeze amid its leaves will be more eloquent
than.any words of man, and the gratitude of all who share its
generous shade will bo as enduring as the endless glory of those
whose patriotism it commemorates.
Stranger, if thou has learned a truth which needs
No school of long experience, that the world
Is full of guilt &n_ i_ie_ry, and hast seen
Enough of all its sorrows, crimes and cares
To tire thee of it, enter this wildwood
And viaw the h_unts of Nature. The calm sll»de
Shall bring a kindred calm, and the sweet breeze
That makes the green leaves dance shall waft a balm
To thy sick heart.
— Bryant. ,