By Althea R. Sherman
Written within the early a part of this century, Birds of an Iowa Dooryard is stuffed with meticulous and witty observations of species either avian and human.
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Probably he thought ... " Bent, however, did read widely and accepted her incubation figures as well as much of her other original material regarding flickers. He used her "very good description of the naked and blind nestlings" verbatim and quoted a number of her careful observations of the young. Her paintings of young flickers were also attractive and accurate, for she continued her artwork while she observed. A catbird in its nest, four brown phoebes roosting, a chimney swift on its nest, three young brown thrashers-year by year her portfolio and her reputation grew.
Some of these writers had not made a special study of bird behaviour. Some questioned Miss Sherman's knowledge of the subject! Such unwarranted criticism she could not ignore. She followed the matter with several succeeding articles and vehemently defended the position she had taken. For several years there had been on the Sherman grounds a Purple Martin house of a popular make. Unfortunately the builder of these houses also questioned whether Miss Sherman had drawn her conclusions after sufficient observation.
C. Stephens and William Youngworth made a visit to the Sherman homestead, where they camped outside overnight in their umbrella tent beside the chimney swift tower. Sherman had insisted they take an upstairs room, but Stephens, an old friend, knew that she was merely being polite. " That moral issue settled to the Sherman sisters' satisfaction, they accompanied the men to an ice cream social at the fairgrounds. Later the men visited the chimney swift tower and were given a tour of all the other bird nests and nesting boxes in the yard.
Birds of an Iowa Dooryard (Bur Oak Book) by Althea R. Sherman
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