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  • God-birds, as the natives call the house-wrens, who straightway collected all the grass and feathers in the world, stuffed them into the tiny chamber, and after a time performed the ever-marvelous feat of producing three replicas of themselves from this trash-filled box.

    Edge of the Jungle

  • Bluebirds are the little children among birds, as robins are the men, house-wrens the women, scarlet tanagers the unrealities and humming-birds the fairies.

    Friendship Village

  • Several house-wrens were also seen in the vicinity of the

    Birds of the Rockies

  • Here was that queer little midget of the Rockies, the broad-tailed humming-bird, which performs such wonderful feats of balancing in the air; the red-shafted flicker; the western robin, singing precisely like his eastern half-brother; a pair of house-wrens guarding their treasures; Lincoln's sparrows, not quite so shy as those at Moraine

    Birds of the Rockies

  • I hear of a private collection that contains twelve sets of kingbirds 'eggs, eight sets of house-wrens' eggs, four sets mocking-birds 'eggs, etc.; sets of eggs taken in low trees, high trees, medium trees; spotted sets, dark sets, plain sets, and light sets of the same species of bird.

    Birds and Bees, Sharp Eyes and Other Papers

  • A lady, living in the suburbs of an eastern city, one morning heard cries of distress from a pair of house-wrens that had a nest in a honeysuckle on her front porch.

    Birds and Bees, Sharp Eyes and Other Papers


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