"From his earliest days, Audubon had an affinity for birds. "I felt an intimacy with them...bordering on frenzy [that] must accompany my steps through life." His father encouraged his interest in nature; "he would point out the elegant movement of the birds, and the beauty and softness of their plumage. He called my attention to their show of pleasure or sense of danger, their perfect forms and splendid attire. He would speak of their departure and return with the seasons." In France during the chaotic years of the French Revolution and its aftermath, Audubon grew up to be a handsome and gregarious young man. He played flute and violin, and learned to ride, fence, and dance. He was hearty and a great walker, and loved roaming in the woods, often returning with natural curiosities, including birds' eggs and nests, of which he made crude drawings. His father planned to make a seaman of his son. At twelve, Audubon went to military school and became a cabin boy. He quickly found out that he was susceptible to seasickness and not fond of mathematics or navigation. After failing the officer's qualification test, Audubon ended his incipient naval career. He was cheerfully back on solid ground and exploring the fields again, focusing on birds."
For additional insight into this incredible artist/naturalist go to Wikipedia's bio of him: John James Audubon Biography
And, here are two more arrivals out here JOTOLR. Directly below is the Indigo Bunting a bright jewel that spends the summer with us...
And here is the Baltimore Oriole which nests high above the ground with a swinging basket-like nest that resembles an elongated hammock.
We will be welcoming over 100 different species of neo-tropical arrivals this spring. The Eastern Flyway of the Northern Hemisphere is alive with color!