Blue Grosbeak by John James Audubon art print

Brandywine General Store

SKU: 122 audubon

An archival premium Quality art Print print of the Blue Grosbeak by John James Audubon for sale by Brandywine General Store. The artwork was for his book, The Birds of America, which is considered the best ornithology book ever produced. This high quality reproduction picture features a male, female and young blue grosbeak with their nest which is located in a dogwood tree. These small colorful songbirds were picture or plate number 122 in the 1st Havell edition of Birds of America. Coccoborus Coeruleus -. Mr Audubon says of the Blue Grosbeak - "In the summer of 1829, I accidentally met with a nest of these birds in the State of New Jersey, a few miles only from Philadelphia. I was attracted towards it by the cries of the birds, both of which were perched on a tall hickory tree, standing on a piece of barren ground, near a swamp, well known on account of the visits it receives during the Woodcock season. I looked for the nest for some time in vain. The parents left the tree, flew about as if much alarmed and distressed, and at last alighted on the ground not far from me. Following them gradually, I saw them go up to one of their young, and on reaching the place, saw the nest in a low bush of the dogwood. In it were two young ones dead, and one alive covered with large insects. Presently I heard the chirp of a fourth, which I found within a few yards of the place. Concluding that the insects were the cause of all the distress I saw, I destroyed them, and replaced the young birds in the nest, where I left them. Visiting them repeatedly afterwards, I saw them grow apace, until at length they flew off, when I cut the twig, and drew it with the nest, as you now see it in the Plate..." Audubon bird print #122

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