"When alarmed, it escapes from the nest with great silence and rapidity, running along the ground like a mouse, as if afraid to tread too heavily on the leaves; if you stop to examine its nest, it also stops, drrops it wings, flutters, and tumbles along, as if hardly able to crawl, looking back now and then to see whether you are taking notice of it. If you slowly follow, it leads you fifty or sixty yards off, in a direct line from its nest, seeming at every advance to be gaining fresh strength; and which it thinks it has decoyed you to a sufficient distance, it suddenly wheels off and disappears."
"The Cat Bird will not easily desert its nest. I took two eggs from one which was sitting, and in their place put two of the brown thrush or thrasher, and took my stand at a convenient distance, to see how she would behave. In a minute or two the male made his approaches, stooped down, and looked earnestly at the strange eggs, then flew off to his mate, who was not far distant, with whom he seemed to have some conversation, and instantly returning, with th greatest gentleness took out both the thrasher's eggs, first one and then the other, carried them signly abou thirty yards, and dropt them among the bushes. I then returned the two eggs I had taken, and, soon after, the female resumed her place on the nest as before."
"I have now the honour of introducing to the notice of naturalists and others a very modest and neat little species, which has hirtherto eluded their research. I must also add, with regret, that it is the only one of its kind I have yet met with."