Connie Hagar : the life history of a Texas birdwatcher by Karen Harden McCracken

By Karen Harden McCracken

"In the other context, announcing that somebody used to be "for the birds" could not often be well mannered. yet utilized to Connie Hagar, it might be excessive compliment. The diminutive birdwatcher nick-named Connie used to be reared as Martha Conger Neblett in early twentieth-century Texas, the place she led a genteel lifetime of tea events and tune classes. yet at center age she grew to become serious about birds and resolved to benefit every little thing she might about  Read more...

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The engine puffed, wheels screeched, and the train rumbled away into the night.  She was thirty­five years old; the best years of her life were behind her, people would say, and she would probably agree.  Now her mother was ill and needed her; Lynn did not.  Oddly, she noted, Mark Antony made no objection.  He reached for the bird cage, and she surrendered it, too, grateful now because the big bag had been heavier than she thought and hard for her to manage while walking in high heels.  Connie barely listened; she was nearing home, honeysuckle and four­o'clocks perfumed the night, and big trees made deep shadows.

They had come from Kansas, the Survey reported, and the next summer the Kansas birder reported grackles banded in Corsicana.  519,867 repeated so often one spring that it became a pet, waiting docilely for her grasp when the trap was opened.  Stationed at Fort Sam Houston during World War I, he had remained in San Antonio to practice. "Come at once," he advised.  The operation was done through the nasal cavity, and two inches of bone was removed, but there was no Page 36 scar, only a soft emptiness in her cheek that only the patient could detect.

The parents saw them off, shook their wings as if dusting off a problem, and flew in the opposite direction.  Indoor meetings alternated with field trips. " But the plan could wait; so much was yet to be learned at home.  He came from a Baptist family but in his youth had often gone with friends to the Mother Church in Boston and was familiar with its practices and music.  Mattie Neblett gave her middle­aged nestling the push she needed.  For him, roses flourished.  Pete Raspberry, who worked a Neblett farm and tended Mattie Neblett's yard, would help in the garden.

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