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Lock, Stock & Barrel The Shooters’ Corner By Jim Romanelli By Don Lewis Mood Music T O MY EAR, it is the sweetest music in the woods: the springtime calling of the wood thrushes. The song goes like this: ee-o-lay, the notes pure and lilting, repeated again and again. I have never tired of that melody. It reminds me of the instrument known as the recorder, played simply and mellifluously by a musician trying out variations of the same theme, experimenting with slightly different tones and pitches. The thrush’s calling inspired Henry David Thoreau to write: “How cool and assuaging the thrush’s note after the fever of the day!” And “Whenever a man hears it, he is young, and Nature is in her spring.” A wood thrush is a subtly pretty bird, about eight inches long, with a dark-speckled breast and a rusty red back and crown of the head. These birds inhabit mature forests, where they generally stay in the understory or on the ground. They’re not easy to spot, even when the males are singing their hearts out. I moved from central Pennsylvania to northern Vermont in 2003. Here on our wooded acres unfortunately we have no wood thrushes (although we do have hermit thrushes, whose songs are almost as lovely). Last April I was back in Pennsylvania. One morning found me in the Rothrock State Forest in Huntingdon County. Rain the night before had left the woods damp and quiet. Quiet save for the stream tumbling over sandstone rocks, and the male wood thrushes whose calls bubbled in counterpoint to the water’s song. Walking along the trail, I could hear thrushes on my right and left. At one point, I stopped where I could hear no fewer than three. Notes emanated from a thicket of glossy-leaved rhododendron. From a tangle of striped maple came another, slightly different interpretation of ee-o-lay. A third call came percolating out of a shady nook behind me. The thrushes suggested players in an oddly reclusive orchestra, tuning their recorders before the maestro comes on stage. I listened for a long time before moving off, and it was hard to keep in mind that the singing, from the standpoint of the male thrushes, had nothing to do with creating beautiful music and everything to do with defending a breeding territory. During the last century, the wood thrush has expanded its range northward. According to some maps I’ve seen, that range now blankets Vermont. I have yet to hear a wood thrush in our forest, but I always keep an ear cocked in springtime for that fair and favored song. GAME NEWS

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010

Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010
Life & Times of the Whitetail Biologist
Contents
A Chocolate-Covered Cream-Filled . . . Gobbler
The Close Call
Silent Whispers
The Shot Not Taken
Eastern Coyote
A Grandparents’ Pride, A Grandson’s Gift
In the Company of Children
A Jake for Ben
Early Bear Management
Field Notes
Conservation News
Off the Wire
Another View
The Naturalist’s Eye
Straight from the Bowstring
Lock, Stock & Barrel
Fun Game
Crossings
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Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Life & Times of the Whitetail Biologist
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Contents
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - A Chocolate-Covered Cream-Filled . . . Gobbler
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Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 6
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - The Close Call
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Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Silent Whispers
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Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - The Shot Not Taken
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Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Eastern Coyote
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Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - A Grandparents’ Pride, A Grandson’s Gift
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Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - In the Company of Children
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Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - A Jake for Ben
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Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Early Bear Management
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Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Field Notes
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Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Conservation News
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Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Off the Wire
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Another View
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Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - The Naturalist’s Eye
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Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Straight from the Bowstring
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Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Lock, Stock & Barrel
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Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Fun Game
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Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Crossings
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