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whipped his tail up and down, opening
and closing the sound chambers to give
it a throbbing finish. I plucked him from
the post and his slick body nearly vibrated
out of my grasp as his song changed to a
frightened shriek.
Some of my elderly friends would no
more touch a cicada than bed down with
a rattlesnake. They know the "locust" has
a poisonous sting - book learning to the
contrary notwithstanding.
September 3: The jeweled patches are
still bedecked with orange and yellow
cornucopias, but a few seed pods have
reached the "shooting" stage. As a boy I
innocently pinched a ripe jewelweed pod
and got the surprise of my life when the
thing snapped and squirmed between my
fingers like something alive.
The jewelweed's explosion is its
method of seed dispersal. At the slightest
touch, the hull of a ripe seed pod separates
from the base with a pop, splitting into
strips that curl up like suddenly released
coil springs. The impact hurls the pod

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from the parent plant, scattering the seeds
far and wide.
September 4: I flushed a covey of
about a dozen quail along the edge of the
woods this afternoon, and decided to sit
down against a rail pile and await developments. For a few minutes, nothing stirred.
Then, from the high grass, seemingly at
my elbow, came the slurred whistle of the
"rally call." An answering call came from
across the hollow, and another bird replied
below the woods.
The birds in the high grass conversed in
soft, anxious notes. Quail talk is a pleasant
sound - muted, yet pure of tone, with a
ventriloquial quality that defies pinpointing. The rally call of the broken covey, on
the other hand, is a sweetly slurred phrase
of three notes - emphatic, but not as piercing as the male's "bobwhite."
One of the nearby quail called persistently, and soon others were calling
from every quarter, but it was some time
before I caught sight of the first one. It was
heading my way in cautious little spurts,
but halted halfway through the woods to
hail its comrades. Receiving an answer, it
flew across the hollow to rejoin those in
the high orchard grass. A little later, two
more skirted the woods, calling at each
stop, and in every direction I heard others
drawing nearer. Finally, the calls turned to
quiet conversation. Apparently the birds
were all reunited for they soon drifted out
of hearing.
September 5: Responding to an S.O.S.
from a relative I found the cause to be a
hornet colony that had built a footballsized paper nest in his lilac bush. Its
yellowish-brown color suggested that it
was the work of the relatively uncommon great hornet, a vile-tempered insect
introduced from Europe, rather than our
own bald-faced hornet, which usually
makes a gray nest. The first glimpse of



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