Posted by sydney on Jun 5th, 1792
One Fly-catcher builds in the Virginia Creeper, over the garden-door: & one in the vine over the parlor-window. Between Newton & us we heard three Fern-owls chattering on the hill; one at the side of the High-wood, one at the top of the Bostal, & one near the Hermitage. That at the top of the Bostal is heard distinctly in my orchard. Fern-owls haunt year by year nearly the same spots.
Posted by sydney on May 28th, 1789
A fly-catcher has built a nest in the great apricot-tree, in which there is one egg.
Posted by sydney on May 28th, 1788
The Flycatcher, which was not seen ’till the 18th, has got a nest and four eggs.
Posted by sydney on Jun 1st, 1787
Some fly-catchers: but they do not yet begin to build. Carrots drawn.
Posted by sydney on Jun 11th, 1786
In Richd Bulter’s garden there is a Fly-catcher’s nest built in a very peculiar manner, being placed on a shelf that is fixed against the wall of an out-house, not five feet from the ground; & behind the head of an old rake lying on the shelf. On the same spot a pair of the same birds built last year; but as soon as there were young the nest was torn down by a cat.
Posted by sydney on Jun 11th, 1785
My potatoes do but just sprout above ground. Sweet Williams blow. When the hen fly-catcher sits on her eggs, the cock feeds her with great assiduity, even on ’till past nine in the evening.
Posted by sydney on Jun 2nd, 1781
Tulips are gone. The heat injures the flowers in bloom. St foin in full bloom. Fly-catcher has five eggs.
Posted by sydney on Jun 7th, 1776
Fly-catcher builds. Farmers cut clover for their horses.