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Image 67 of Museum Paper, no. 4, 1921 - including "Annotated List of the Avery Bird Collection in The Alabama Museum of Natural History" by Ernest G. Holt and "Biographical Sketch of Dr. William Cushman Avery" by Miss Mary E. Avery

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. i T 1 i l ii I , lvl I { A AVERY BIRD COLLECTION 63 q , he had a rabbit. I put my hand into his pouch and pulled 1 outOh, horrors I-four mockingbirds." 7 ni In the summer of 1888 a specimen was catalogued with- out date, the entry followed by this note: ' ' A "lVIy little nephew, Willie Cobbs, shot this bird, a pet, 3 which had nested in my lot. M. e1ytluoceplzal-us (red- 2 El} headed woodpecker) is scarce in this locality. When I , was a boy it was one of the commonest birds of this coun- try." j The foregoing statements are especially interesting in view of the Doctors terse published note on the species { which appeared in 1890: "Abundant. Summer resident. i A few remain during the winter. Breeds/ (1890e). , It is doubtful that there has been any great diminution i _ 5; in numbers of this woodpecker, in spite of its unwonted 1 persecution, because its natural enemies are compara r zi tively few and with the "deadening" of timber incident y g upon the opened up of new lands its food supply has been augmented and the number of desirable nesting sites in- _ 3* i_ creased. AS The present writer deplores with the Doctor the wan- le i ton destruction of our beneficial birds, that continues IY A even at this time, but he would point out that the negro B' is not alone responsible. After more than thirty years ` 1 of educational work on the part of the United States in Department of Agriculture, the ornithological societies, and lesser agencies, it is indeed a sad commentary upon VS our civilization that our whites still persist in using as W targets the protectors of our crops, orchards and forests. No. Sex (7). Greensboro. July 28, 1890. W. C. Avery. F9 No. 829. Male. Greensboro. May 2, 1891. XV. Ci Avery. tS_ ,No. 8332. Male. Greensboro. May 4, 1891. VV. C. Avery. n` 94. CENTURUS CAROLINUS (Linnwus). ln W RED-BELLIED Wooorsckmz. *S After the record of No. 51, listed below, the stomach PQ of which "contained portions of acorns and beetles," oc- I curs this note: SI "This bird is common in this country; but like its rela- *m tive the red-headed woodpecker (Mclcmerpes erytlumg- at phalus) it is becoming every year scarcer." at sr U I- M Q; . Tg ,

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