Volume 1, Plate 2

Wood Thrush
Red-breasted Thrush (robin)
White-breasted-black-capped nuthatch
Red-bellied-black-capped nuthatch

Wood Thrush

"But at whatever time the woodthrush may arrive, he soon announces his presence in the woods. Withed he dawn of the succeeding morning, mounting to the top of some tall tree that rises from a low thick shaded part of the woods, he pipes his few, but clear and musical notes, in a kind of ecstasy; the prelude of symphony to which strongly resembles the double-tonguing of a German flute and sometimes the tinkling of a small bell...."

Robin

"We...listen with more pleasure to this cheerful bird than to many others possessed of far superior powers, and much greater variety. Even his nest is held more sacred among schoolboys than that of some others; and, while they will exult in plundering a jay's or a cat bird's, a general sentiment of respect prevails on the discovery of a robin's."

White-breasted-black-capped nuthatch

"The male is extremely attentive to the female while sitting...sometimes he seems to stop merely to inquire how she is, and to lighten the tedious moments with his soothing chatter...When both are feeding on the trunk of the same tree, or of adjoining ones, he is perpetually calling on her; and from the momentary pause he makes, it is plain that he feels pleased to hear her reply."

Red bellied, black capped nuthatch

"Its voice is sharper, and its motions much quicker, than those of the other [white breasted black capped nuthatch], being so rapid, restless, and small, as to make it a difficult point to shoot one of them."