The oaks of this Key are not like the oaks of Wisconsin openings, set out in grassy slopes, but stand sunk to the shoulders in flowering magnolias, Ericaceae, etc. During my long sojourn here I used to lie on my back for whole days beneath the ample arms of these grand trees, listening to the winds and the birds. There is an extensive shallow on the coast close by, which the tide leaves daily exposed. This is the feeding ground for thousands of waders of all sizes, plumages, and languages, and they make a lively picture and noise when they gather at the great family board to eat their daily bread, bountifully provided for them. These birds spend their leisure in time of high water in various places and ways. Some go in large flocks to some reedy margin and wade and stand about
Original journal dimensions: 10 x 16.5 cm.
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