The American Passenger Pigeon (Ectopistses Migratorius): An American Holocaust

Spring skies; vast tracts of oak;

Blue-gray wings; red breasts with fawn and white

–sweet billions overhead.

Thundering flocks; infinite numbers,

Black with multitudes – 240 miles long;

One mile wide; sometimes 3 days passing

— into the maw of extinction.

Gone forever, September 1, 1914.

J.E. Sutter

Published in: on May 27, 2011 at 4:34 pm  Leave a Comment  

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