Bird Observer - The New England Birding Journal

Bird Observer

The Birding Journal for New England

December 2018

Vol. 46, No. 6

Musings from the Blind Birder: Birds in Poetry

Martha Steele

When I was walking this past spring with my brother Tim on rural roads near our mother's home in northeastern Vermont, we heard numerous Ovenbirds from the forests surrounding us. After nodding our heads to each other yet again, "Another ovenbird," Tim spontaneously recited Robert Frost's sonnet, "The Oven Bird." (When Frost published the poem in his 1916 collection Mountain Interval, the bird's name was conventionally spelled as two words.)

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