Ruby Crowned Wren Art Print by John James Audubon

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SKU: 195 audubon

An archival premium quality art print of the Ruby Crowned Wren or Kinglet by John James Audubon for his ornithology book, The Birds of America for sale by Brandywine General Store. This small song bird is the 195th picture or plate. Audubon shows these birds setting in a wild mountain laurel bush which is in full bloom. Regulus Calendula - He says the following about the ruby crowned wren or kinglet "The history of this diminutive bird is yet in a great measure unknown; and, although I have met with it in places where it undoubtedly breeds, I have not succeeded in finding its nest. On the 27th of June, 1833, while some of my party and myself were rambling over the deserts of Labrador, the notes of a warbler came on my ear, and I listened with delight to the harmonious sounds that filled the air around, and which I judged to belong to a species not yet known to me. The next instant I observed a small bird perched on the top of a fir tree, and on approaching it, recognized it as the vocalist that had so suddenly charmed my ear and raised my expectations. We all followed its quick movements, as it flew from tree to tree backwards and forwards without quitting the spot, to which it seemed attached. At last, my son John raised his gun, and, on firing, brought down the bird, which fell among the brushwood, where we in vain searched for it. The next day we chanced to pass along the same patch of dwarf wood, in search of the nests of certain species of ducks. of which I intend to speak on another occasion. We were separated from the woods by a deep narrow creek; but the recollection of the loss of the bird, which I was sure had been killed, prompted me to desire my young friends to dash across and again search for it. In an instant six of us were on the opposite shore, and dispersed among the woods. We looked for its mate and its nest, but all around us was silent as death, or only filled with the hum of millions of insects. I made a drawing of it in its full spring plumage. A month later, the young of this species were seen feeding among the bushes." Audubon Birds art print #195

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