John Muir


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quick & odd in its movements chattering as it flies song sweet & lively Following in its flight every undulation in the course of the stream One [sliced] homogenous [buzzy] [ ] [font] to [East] A [hemisphere] of uniform contour built on a rock 10 in dia [diameter] base [alum] dark color plumbeous light sooty brown [palm] [beneath] [clove] Length 7 1/2 inches

Liquid mellowness of tone with a [clearness] of expression

Song earnest not powerful no rival [save] the stream in [with] it [lvs]

In a particular manner engaged my attention in the course of my many rambles It frequents the sides of [rivers] & streams of [inform] [They]

Especially such as on clear [ ] with rocky pebbly margins alpine rills

It perches on stones or projecting crags legs bent breast declining head & tail up slanted It plunges into the water not dreading the strength of the current not head foremost from the air first alights on surface agility & dexterity with half opened wings disappears

(It frequents) As I made a raft & floated over this lake in still weather I know the character of bottom

Date Original

December 1872


Original journal dimensions: 10 x 16.5 cm.

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