A Letter From The Publisher, Apr. 13, 1953

Dear Time-Reader

With the warmer spring weather, and with the northward migration of millions of birds, two of TIME'S writers are beginning to hear more questions about their favorite spare-time activity—prowling the woods and fields looking at birds, counting them, imitating their calls and studying their habits. For them it is an all-weather, year-round pastime which calls for old clothes, field glasses and an abundant knowledge of bird lore. They know, for instance, that a robin sings, not because he is happy, but because he has just staked out a claim to a clump...

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