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least, cheerfully seeking out their daily rations in the bark crevices.
The certain knowledge of convenient and comfortable cavities close at
hand probably contributed not a little to their ease and contentment of
mind. Now and then I startled a solitary Song Sparrow from its retreat
under the overhanging bank or the roots of a tree, but the most curious
experience of all was the sight of a Broad-winged Hawk at close quar-
ters. With half-spread tail and wings it was clinging to the south side
of a pile of cord wood. Discovering my presence in a moment, it flapped
to the ground and brushing past me, sprang lightly in the air, turning
when but a dozen feet away and repassing me without special hurry or
alarm, came to the ground in the meadow a hundred yards beyond ; from
which 1 again flushed it to a sheltered hill-side, where I left it, sincerely
hoping that "the man with a gun" would not see it while it was in the
exhausted condition resultant from the hard battle with the fierce gusts
of wind. A pair of Spotted Sandpipers startled from the swamp grass in
which they were hiding,, ran screaming to a safer refuge, appearing more
afraid of me than the hawk, passing the latter at close range. The wind
finally drove me home without birds or fish, but not without a certain
pleasure of a morning well spent.

P^R.WK L. Burns, Bfrzcvn, Pa.



GENERAL NOTES.



So.MK Winter Birds ok S.\n Mku'ei. Co., Xew^ Mexico. — The follow-
ing are some of the winter birds observed during five weeks in Las
Vegas, with several trips up the mountains to El Parvenir and Harvey's,
at an elevation of nearly 10,000 feet.

House Finch. — One of the commonest species, taking the place of the
English Sparrow, which is conspicuously absent.

Desert and Ruddy Horned L.\rks. — These two species are abundant
on the mesas and plains, the latter species predominating. They congre-
gate in large flocks during the winter months.

Mexican Raven. — Very abundant in the mountains, in immense flocks.
Can be found feeding on the sides of mountains among the Pinons and in
cornfields.

Golden Eagle. — Common in the mountains near Anton Chico. thirty
miles from here. They breed there quite commonly. I secured a fine
photo of a live bird nine months old captured by a farmer from its nest
in a cave in the mountains.



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Rocky Mountain and Western Bluebirds. — Both these species are
fairly common about dwellings but rarely seen in the country.

Long-crested Jay. — Abundant in the mountains among the Pinons.

Slender-bille]) Nuthatch. — Tolerably common in the city, where it
feeds on the trees in the plazas and parks, often accompanied by the
Creeper.

Pink-sided Junco. — Abundant in small tiocks near the settlements and
towns.

Cooper's Hawk. — Fairh' common in the country districts.

Spotted Owl. — Rare. Two observed about twenty miles from here,
but unfortunately had no gun with me so could not procure them for
perfect identification, but am almost certain as to their identity.

W.\LTON I. Mitchell, East Las J^egas, h^exv Mexico.



PRESIDENTS ADDRESS.

The year 1S98 opens with much that is encouraging to the true student
of birds. There has been notable progress in genuine ornithological
science; and there has been general and evident success in efforts for
creating proper sentiment towards birds, among the general public.

Ornithological journals are showing a very welcome increase in articles
and notes bearing evidence of careful and intelligent observation of birds.

The life history of the bird, from the time it leaves the egg, and its
relations to other birds, is our field. This is the province of the Wilson
Ornithological Chapter. Its committees are working earnestly on sub-
jects of ornithological importance.

We have great reason to be proud of Mr. Jones' ' Crackle Bulletin."
It represents careful and extended field work and is highly deserving of
the praise which it received through leading ornithological journals.
This report is a striking example of what one man with intelligence and
perseverence may accomplish, even in these times when we think there
are comparatively few new things in ornithology for us to discern.

There are many ornithologists who are able to observe a few good
things which, published alone, might attract little attention and quite
likely would sooner or later pass into scientific oblivion; but these notes
combined with the observations of other workers make a sum total of
ornithological information that will command respect and interest in
every library. This system of co-operation which gives the observer
credit for his efforts and produces results of significance is the plan of
our chapter.



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