Fieldbook of Wild Birds and Their Music

by F. Schuyler Matthews, 1904

f_schuyler_matthewsMy grandmother handed down a well-worn edition of this book, and while I have only skimmed through it, I’m thoroughly enamoured of its intent. Perhaps if I’d looked up the White Throated Sparrow it would have helped out that search 🙂

From the publisher:

In this beautifully written and well-illustrated guide to birds’ songs from 1904, Mathews describes 127 bird species, mostly of Eastern United States, and their songs. This fieldbook contains descriptions of the physical characteristics and habits of each, as well as detailed comments on their songs and calls. He includes musical scores of at least two songs for each species.