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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Most of our farmers practice the three-year rotation of crops system, which appears to be uncongenial to the birds. This seems to account in large measure for the fact that about our village certain birds have been more abundant than elsewhere in our region. The small pastures of the villagers, the cemetery, the churchyards, and the twenty acres constituting the County Fairgrounds have remained in grass year after year, and apparently in consequence of this Meadowlarks, Bobolinks and Song Sparrows have been more numerous than in the surrounding country.
It is now a resident about my home, and we hope soon to add it to the list of breeding birds of the dooryard. Enough circumstantial evidence has been collected to convince us that certain winter visitors such as Cardinals, Hairy and Downy Woodpeckers, Chickadees and White-breasted Nuthatches have returned Page 29 winter after winter to our wind-swept dooryard for the sake of the food offered them. No doubt trapping and banding would change the circumstantial evidence to proof positive. The coming of spring brings with it the opportunities to study the courtship and mating of various species of birds about the dooryard.
Miss Althea did not overlook any wrongs and some of the wrongs were evidently not real. When rural mail delivery was established by the Post Office Department the post office in National was abandoned and the community was served through McGregor. Not so much the Post Office Department, but the people of McGregor and the town itself, became the objects of Miss Althea's scorn. From then Page 17 on she was unduly critical of everything said or done by the citizens of McGregor. " If the writer did not heed the first admonition he was likely to regret the oversight.