Thursday, March 3, 2011

The ovenbird is in the warbler family.  It has olive-colored wings and tail and upper body, but its belly is heavily streaked in black.  You often saw ovenbirds walking on the ground, as I had that week behind the sawmill, though sometimes they perched on low branches.  I thought it was easy to detect a human word in their call, teacher, teacher, teacher, each repetition louder than the one before.

- Howard Norman, from The Bird Artist