Monday, August 26, 2013

Dr. Wilder Penfield's field giude

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  Montrealers should all know who Dr. Penfield is, but if you're unfamiliar with him, check out this Wikipedia article:
  A few weeks ago my friend Dan was staying at a country house near Montreal, and found this old bird guide among the books. It turns out it was Dr. Penfield's bird guide (published in 1928)! Exciting. He took some pictures and returned it to its place. I wonder if the song notes are Dr. Penfield's? Good eye, Dan!
  Very interesting/poignant to see The Ivory-billed Woodpecker (possibly some left in 'Indian Territory'!?) and 'Carolina Paroquet' among the pages.
  Anyway, enjoy - history is awesome.


  1. There was an Eastern Wood-Pewee singing loudly outside for the length of our stay at the country house. On a whim I opened the field guide to the Pewee entry, and saw that someone had made notes about the EWP's song (possibly Dr Penfield himself?). It amused me to think the Pewee I heard was perhaps distantly related to the Pewee noted in the guide.