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guess) leading two males (I guess) on
a dizzy chase all over a wheatfield for
a full fifteen minutes, and she was still
playing hard to get when we turned from
the window.
Home base was a brushpile at the base
of a locust tree in the middle of the field.
Form its shelter, she would ramble in
huge circles across the bare field, sometimes as far as the fencerow a hundred
yards away, followed by her two suitors in
Indian file. Time and again she returned
to the brush heap, only to start off again in
a different direction. She was a real cutup
- on three occasions she deliberately ran
at and flushed an indignant killdeer, and
once she put a robin to flight.
May 8: Tonight I heard a familiar
sound coming from the vicinity of the
pond - the sweet trilling of toads. Taking
a flashlight and camera, I hurried down
and found eight or ten male American
toads squatting in silence on the shore
and in the shallows. When they failed to
resume their song after several minutes'
wait, I wet my lips and trilled my best
Bufo serenade. Immediately, the nearest
toad leaned back, inflated his throat like a
toy balloon, and trilled for half a minute.
Before he stopped, the others joined in,
and from then on they sang almost without interruption. I had no trouble making
flash close-ups of their performance,
illuminating them for focusing by laying
the flashlight on the ground beside them.
A pickerel frog in the far end of the
pond occasionally added his comment - a
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single, soft snoring note.
May 10: Much of the starling's success can be attributed to its willingness
to adapt. Today I found one nesting in a
hollow fence post. What made it unusual
was the fact that the hollow interior of the
post was less than three inches in diameter, except near the bottom, and the nest
was at ground level, four feet below the
top of the post. How she crawled in and
out of that vertical tube I'll never know,
nor do I understand how she intends getting her young ones out of there.
May 11: While looking for a squirrel
in a dead chestnut tree I nearly backed
into an incubating grouse. She scurried
from her nest beneath a fallen branch at
the last instant whining and dragging her
"broken" wing in the old, but often effective, trick to lure me away. The clutch
consisted of twelve grouse eggs, and one
pheasant egg!
May 14: I crossed a rusty old fence
this morning and found a patch of last
year's milkweed stalks still standing
among the briars on the other side. As I
hoped, they had produced a crop of eight61



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