John Burroughs's letter has raised some doubt in President Roosevelt regarding his sighting of a small flock of passenger pigeons. However, he saw around a dozen pigeons, both in the air and perched on a tree, with a "characteristically pigeon like attitude." The other possibility is doves but the birds Roosevelt saw were larger and in a flock. He will write and see if there were other sightings.
Passenger pigeon; Birds--Identification; Bird watching
John Burroughs believes President Roosevelt's account of seeing passenger pigeons in Virginia. He suggests that a trustworthy local attempt to obtain a specimen or having Dr. Merriam send someone to investigate. Burroughs continues to fight William J. Long and the nature fakers. Several pretend interviews with Burroughs have appeared in the newspapers.
Passenger pigeon; Birds--Identification; Natural history literature; Nature stories; Interviews; Virginia; Merriam, C. Hart (Clinton Hart), 1855-1942; Long, William J. (William Joseph), 1867-1952
President Roosevelt has found corroborative evidence for his sighting of passenger pigeons at Pine Knot in Albemarle County, Virginia. Dick, the foreman of Joseph Wilmer's farm, saw two small flocks and his description of the birds match the passenger pigeon described in the fifth volume of Audubon. Roosevelt believes that Dick is reliable and views him as a "singularly close observer." He requests that John Burroughs write to Lyman Abbott about the Long controversy.
Birds--Identification; Passenger pigeon; Bird watching; Abbott, Lyman, 1835-1922
John Burroughs is glad that President Roosevelt has decided that his sighting of a passenger pigeon was correct. Burroughs recently investigated another sighting and concluded that a large flock of passenger pigeons had been seen. He has written to The Outlook regarding the legitimate use of imagination in nature writing. Burroughs directs Roosevelt to several periodicals where he comments on William J. Long and the nature fakers.
Passenger pigeon; Birds--Identification; Natural history literature; Nature stories; Writing; Long, William J. (William Joseph), 1867-1952
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