Muscicapa Vertice Nigro: The Cat-Bird.
This Bird is about the size of, or somewhat bigger than a Lark. The
Crown of the Head is black; the Upper-part of the Body, Wings and
Tail, dark brown; particularly the Tail approaches nearest to black.
The Neck, Breast, and Belly, are of a lighter brown. From the Vent,
under the Tail, shoot forth some Feathers, of a dirty red. This
Bird is not seen on lofty Trees; but frequents Bushes and Thickets;
and feeds on Insects. It has but one Note, which resembles the Mewing
of a Cat, and which has given it its Name. It lays a blue Egg; and
retires from Virginia in Winter.
Alni, folia Americana Serrata, floribus pentapetalis albis, in
This Shrub grows in moist Places, and sometimes in Water, from
which it rises, with many slender Stems, to the Height of ten or
fourteen Feet. The Leaves are somewhat rough, placed alternately,
serrated, and in Shape not unlike Those of the White Thorn. In July
there shoots from the Ends of the Branches, Spikes of white Flowers,
four or five Inches long. Each Flower consists of five Petals and
a Tuft of small Stamina. These Flowers are thick set on Foostalks
a Quarter of an Inch long; and are succeeded by small oval pointed
Capsu1a's, containing many chaffy Seeds. This Plant endures
our Climate in the open Air; and flourishes at Mr. Christ. Gray's