Volume 3, Plate 3

Canada Jay
Snow Bunting
Rusty Grackle
Purple Grackle

Canada Jay

"Were I to adopt the theorietical reasoning of a celebrated French naturalist, I might pronounce this bird to be a debased descendeant from the common blue jay of the United States, degenerated by the influence of the bleak and chilling regions of Canada; or perhaps a spurious production betwen the blue jay and the cat bird: or, what would be more congenial to the Count's ideas, trace its degradation to the circumstance of migrating, some thousand years ago, from the genial shores of Europe, where nothing like degeneracy or degradation ever takes place among any of God's creatures."

Purple Grackle

"Their chief attention is directed to the Indian-corn in all its progressive stages. As soon as the infant blade of this grain begins to make its appearance above ground, the grakles hail the welcome signal with screams of peculiar satisfaction, and, without waiting for a formal invitation from the proprietor, descend on the fields, and begin to pull up and regale themselves on the seed, scattering the green blades around....They descend like a blackening, sweeping tempest on the corn, dig off the external covering of twelve or fifteen coats of leaves a desterously as if done by the hand of man, and having laid bare the ear, leave little behind to the farmer but the cobs and shrivelled skins that contained their favourite fare. I have seen fields of corn of many acres where more than one-half was thus ruined."