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eyes were still closed, and each clung
tightly to a tubelike nipple. Naturally,
the mother resented our familiarity
and only a firm grip on the base of her
skull kept her from tasting her captor's
knuckles. It was hard to see all the
young, but apparently they numbered
ten or eleven.
April 17: Many people doubt the
existence of the so-called "glass
snake," a legless lizard that snaps off
its tail when frightened, but yesterday I
saw the same trick employed by a salamander of the common red-backed species. It had tried to hide when I found
it beneath a rock, but when I flicked
it out into the open with my finger
it went into a fit of wild contortions,
writhing and lashing like a thing possessed. Suddenly half the tail twisted
off and continued to thrash about on the
ground while the salamander quickly
crept beneath the grass to hide. The
amputation was not accomplished
easily; only after a number of deliberate attempts was the tail wrenched off.
Nevertheless, I could see that, once
the separation was effected, an enemy
would be more readily attracted to the
lively caudal appendage than to the

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escaping amphibian.
April 20: I flushed a grouse from
her nest along the Diebler's Gap Road
today. Her seven buffy eggs, probably
not yet a complete clutch, reposed in
a leaf-lined cup at the base of a black
birch no more than twenty feet from
where one nested last year. A few
leaves lay in the nest, partially hiding
the eggs. They were probably swirled
into the nest as a result of the bird's
hasty exit, but the incident reminded
me of an oft-heard claim that the female
places leaves on her back while incubating so that they will fall down and
conceal the eggs should she be forced
to leave suddenly. I couldn't swear this
never happens, but I've observed many
incubating hen grouse and have never
seen one with anything on its back but
feathers. Furthermore, fully half the
nests I've seen vacated contained no
leaves whatever.
April 24: This afternoon, high on
a sun-warmed hilltop that overlooks a
great loop of the Susquehanna and an
impressive expanse of ridge and valley
real estate, I enjoyed a phase of birding
most enthusiasts miss. The sky was
cloudless, and a speck just above the



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