"It approaches the planter's house, and searches amongst the surrounding trees for a suitable place in which to settle for the season. [...] The choice of a twig being made, the male Oriole becomes extremely conspicuous. He flies to the ground, searches for the longest and driest filaments of the moss, which in that State is known by the name of Spanish beard, and whenever he finds one fit for his purpose, ascends to the favourite spot where the nest is to be, uttering all the while a continued chirrup, which seems to imply that he knows no fear, but on the contrary fancies himself the acknowledged king of the woods. [...] No sooner does he reach the branches, than with bill and claws, aided by an astonishing sagacity, he fastens one end of the moss to a twig, with as much art as a sailor might do, and takes up the other end, which he secures also [...] The female comes to his assistance with another filament of moss, or perhaps some cotton thread, or other fibrous substance, inspects the work which her mate has done, and immediately commences her operations, placing each thread in a contrary direction to those arranged by her lordly mate, and making the whole cross and recross, so as to form an irregular net-work. Their love increases daily as they see the graceful fabric approaching perfection, until their conjugal affection and faith become as complete as in any species of birds with which I am acquainted."
- Birds of America
Often referred to as the original “American woodsman” and described as one of the founding fathers of American art, Audubon was unparalleled in his ability to convey his precise scientific observations while capturing the profound beauty of birdwatching. His subjects here—Baltimore Orioles—are brilliantly hued heralds of spring, a treat to spot for birders in Eastern North America. The male's bright orange plumage flickers in high branches like a flame, while the female weaves a remarkable hanging nest from so many slender fibers. You'd likely have to look to the treetops to catch sight of a Baltimore Oriole in the wild, but this edition brings them home to roost on your walls ... Read more on the blog!
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