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Grass Flats: Photography

Photos by Ralph B. Simpson

Wood Thrush nest, four eggs,

June 5, 1927, Ott Run,

Warren County, PA.

Four young Goshawk,

1921, Four Mile Run,

Warren County, PA.

In the later years of his career, Simpson, along with his good friend Harry Granquist, used photography increasingly in the field. Simpson introduced Granquist to the world of birds on many field trips. Granquist became very interested in the feathered tribes and with Simpson produced many fine photographs. The addition of photography to Simpson’s documented observations and specimen collection is noted often in the journals. Photography was an exciting addition to his field methods, and Simpson thought nothing of climbing to perilous heights to obtain a fine photo, as evidenced by this entry regarding the Tufted Titmouse.


"April 1, 1928, I saw and listened to one at Grass Flats. Later we saw it again and began watching and found there was a pair. Afterwards we watched for them and finally were rewarded by detecting them building. This nest on June 3 contained 7 eggs and we got a fine photo. It was 30 feet up in a Butternut tree—in an old downy woodpecker hole in a dead limb. The nest was a mass of shreds of bark, fur, and fine woody material. This is my first nesting record."

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