99 When storms of snow drive the Clark Crows from the [summits] to the warm valley they are compelled to eat [ ] the seeds of yel p [yellow pine] instead of their favorite [p flex] with nut like white soft seeds, also no prickles & not half so well protected otherwise They hammer away at the solid tough fibred cones with their pick-axe bills as best they can in a sort of desperation leaving the cones [sluffed] & hashed as Redwings do ears of corn.
100 All pine needles are at first ascending on axis about 50 degrees at bottom of [tossed] [terminal] 66pr 50 50 64 70 31 52 6 [November] [drummakers] until first two is reached The bird is only an [undeveloped] [fusicle ] that is it occurs just when there is a suppression of a [fosicle] & [seuiles ] of the bud are elongated & united wrapping ligamentary scales of the [fosicle]. No lily is more [charmingly] beaut [beautiful] than a tassel looped on from above with its rich brown bud a centre & [trembling] [fusicle ] in God made order all around
Original journal dimensions: 8.5 x 13 cm.
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