Episode 17: In praise of John Audubon, with a couple backhanded compliments and a correction
John Burroughs praises Audubon’s life’s work, yet questions some of Audubon’s assertions about comparisons between the Louisiana Waterthrush’s song and the European Nightingale’s, the Bobolink’s and the Blue Grosbeak’s. Burroughs appreciates the volume of Audubon’s catalog, and offers two of his own to add to the collection.
Click the links below for details about the bird vocalizations used in this episode from the Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology:
- Louisiana Waterthrush
- Blue Grosbeak
- Gray-cheeked Thrush
- Northern Waterthrush
- American Pipit
- Eastern Meadowlark
Download Wake-Robin by John Burroughs in e-reader format at or archive.org.
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