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Walt Whitman (1819–1892).  Prose Works. 1892.
  
I. Specimen Days
129. Birds and Birds and Birds
  
A little later—bright weather.—AN UNUSUAL melodiousness, these days, (last of April and first of May) from the blackbirds; indeed all sorts of birds, darting, whistling, hopping or perch’d on trees. Never before have I seen, heard, or been in the midst of, and got so flooded and saturated with them and their performances, as this current month. Such oceans, such successions of them. Let me make a list of those I find here:
        Black birds (plenty,)
Meadow-larks (plenty,)
Ring doves,
Cat-birds (plenty,)
Owls,
Cuckoos,
Woodpeckers,
Pond snipes (plenty,)
King-birds,
Cheewinks,
Crows (plenty,)
Quawks,
Wrens,
Ground robins,
Kingfishers,
Ravens,
Quails,
Gray snipes,
Turkey-buzzards,
Eagles,
Hen-hawks,
High-holes,
Yellow birds,
Herons,
Thrushes,
Tits,
Reed birds,
Woodpigeons.
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  Early came the
        Blue birds,
Meadow lark,
Killdeer,
White-bellied swallow,
Plover,
Sandpiper,
Robin,
Wilson’s thrush.
Woodcock,
Flicker.
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