Volume 5, Plate 7

Turtle Dove
Hermit Thrush
Tawny Thrush
Pine-swamp Warbler

Carolina Pigeon or Turtle Dove

This is a favorite bird with all those who love to wander among our woods in spring, and listen to their varied harmony. They will there hear many a singular and sprightly performer, but none so mournful as this. The hopeless woe of settled sorrow, swelling the heart of female innocence itself, could not assume tones more sad, more tender and affecting. Its notes are four; the first is somewhat the highest, and preparatory, seeming to be uttered with an inspiration of the breath, as if the afflicted creature were just recovering its voice from the last convulsive sobs of distress; this is followed by three long, deep and mournful moanings, that no person of sensibility can listen to without sympathy. A pause of a few minutes ensues, and again the solemn voice of sorry is renewed as before. This is generally heard in the deepest shaded parts of the woods, frequently about noon and towards the evening.

Pine-swamp warbler

This little bird is for the first time figured or described. Its favourite haunts are in the deepest and gloomiest pine and hemlock swamps of our mountainous regions, where every tree, trunk, and fallen log is covered with a luxuriant coat of moss, that even mantles over the surface of the ground, and prevents the sportsman from avoiding the thousand holes, springs, and swamps, into which he is incessantly plunged.