“In Louisiana I found this bird among our cotton fields, where it easily procures the small insects and flies of which its food is entirely composed.  It is also found in the prairies along the skirts of the woodlands.  I have shot several within a few miles of Philadelphia, in the Jerseys, in a large opening where the woods had been cut down, and were beginning to spring up again.  Its flight is light and short, it making an effort to rise to the height of eight or ten yards, and immediately sinking down to the grass or bushes . . . it is one of the first birds that arrives in the spring in Louisiana, and one of the first to depart, being rarely found after the first week of September.”

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