February Monday 18, 1895 Bright day. North day wind. Few clouds. Large flocks of robins. The petition for the salvation of songbirds growing fast. Tree 3 ft.-3½ inches dia [diameter] 40 years old. Cottonwood . 50 ft. high & wide. Gum 112 feet long, 16 inches dia [diameter]. The largest of the eucalyptus trees on the Rodgers’ place are about 2 ½ feet dia [diameter] & the same age as far as I can see as the smaller ones, 38-40 yrs.
Tuesday 19 Weather changing, sky half cloudy, southerly wind beginning to blow hard toward evening, rain promised by all signs. The air in the forenoon almost sultry. Wood chopping going briskly on.
Wednesday 20 Cloudy but no rain as yet. Wind from the south & blowing hard. Saw a beautiful song sparrow on the bank of the creek singing cheerily.
Thursday 21 Hard at work on the Alaska trip. Weather cloudy, a few drops of rain. Everything presaging a grand storm, but no storm as yet.
Original journal dimensions: 20 x 27 cm.
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