Up in the beautiful Black Belt of Wilcox County in south central
Alabama, the bird dogs pointed at "stink birds" which were Henslows
Sparrows. We've flushed them and chased 'em down with binoculars for
identification. My mother's cousin, at the time a still fairly spry
octogenarian, told Bob and me when we came in excitedly with the news
that we had found and flushed Henslow's Sparrows, that the dogs always
pointed them, and they were called "stink birds."
In the account of the Western Henslow's Sparrow in A.C.Bent 's Life
Histories (Life Histories of North American Cardinals, Grosbeaks,
Buntings, Towhees, Finches, Sparrows, and Allies [whew], part two, page
786) he states, "It evidently has a strong game efflvium, as bird dogs
often point it, to the annoyance of their quail-hunting masters."
We've noticed you displaced yankees haven't got a clue......... ;-)
Gulf Breeze, Florida
(but born and raised in Alabama, and proud of it)
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