07 June 2012

Lights Entice Birds for Keeper's Larder

The man on the bell tower has gone to housekeeping in earnest, and hangs out his lamp as in[an] ingenious method blinding birds of the night and salting them down in his larder. Only list night a giant of blue crane, blinded by the electric light, used as an illuminator, attracted by the eyrie of Augusta's night hawk, stalked in upon the glass house of the watchman and was easily captured. The crane was a mammoth one and measured about ten feet from tip to tip.

July 27, 1880. Athens Banner 64(39): 1. From the Augusta News.