Parus Carolinensis Luteus: The Yellow Titmouse.
It is less than a Wren. It appears all Yellow; but, on a near View,
is as follows. The Bill is slender. The Head, Breast, and Belly
are bright Yellow. The Back is of a greenish Yellow. The Tail Brown,
with a Mixture of Yellow. The Hen is not of so bright a Yellow as
the Cock. It breeds in Carolina, but retires at the Approach of
Laurus Carolinensis, foliis acuminatis, baccis caerulis, pediculis
longis rubris infidentibus: The Red Bay.
The Leaves of this Tree are in Shape like those of the common Bay,
and of an Aromatic Scent. The Berries, when ripe, are blue, growing
two, and sometimes three together, on Foot-stalks of two or three
Inches long, of a red Colour, as is the Calix or Cup of the
Fruit, and indented about the Edges. These Trees are not common
in Virginia, except in some Places near the Sea. In Carolina
they are every where seen, particularly in low swampy Lands. In
general, they arrive to the Size of but small Trees and Shrubs;
tho' in some Islands, and particular Places near the Sea, they grow
to large and strait bodied Trees. The Wood is fine-grain'd, and
of excellent Use for Cabinets, &c. I have seen some of the best
of this Wood selected, that has resembled Water'd Sattin; and has
exceeded in Beauty any other Kind of Wood I ever saw.