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The Wingless Crow

Nature Writing
By: Charles Fergus(Author)
170 pages
The Wingless Crow
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  • The Wingless Crow ISBN: 9780271033037 Paperback Sep 2007 Out of stock with supplier: order now to get this when available
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The Wingless Crow joins together thirty-three superb short essays on nature, science, country living, and self. They are written by a man who – watchful, inquisitive, at times prickly – is animated by delight, wonder, and love for the rural places and wildlife of Pennsylvania. Charles Fergus wrote these insightful pieces for his monthly column, Thornapples, which ran in Pennsylvania Game News magazine from the late 1970s until the early 1990s. They are based on many hours spent hiking, skiing, botanizing, and observing wild creatures, as well as trips to libraries and hours spent with books, teasing out information about the objects of his interest.

The writing is simple and vivid, rendered dramatic through the delivery of carefully chosen details. Fergus scrutinizes a captured dragonfly and sees "a bubble of a hide through which organs glimmer". He recalls a night in a tent when lightning shook the ground. He tells about topographic maps and deerflies and auctions and poisonous mushrooms and crows. Propelled by an unrelenting curiosity, a wry sense of humor, and the tough heart of a born curmudgeon, Fergus is astonished at how little he sees at first – and how much, with care and dedication, there is to see. Readers will delight in his observations of and insights into the everyday life, both human and wild, animating the wooded mountains and farmed valleys of the author's central Pennsylvania home.


- Stump-sitting
- On being a curmudgeon
- Paper traveling
- A four-star shower
- Arteries
- The way a mind wended
- My old man
- The vulgar bird
- Hiking on your stomach
- The showing is nightly
- The decoy
- Sulfur in the air
- Cast iron, basic black
- A fair day for hunters
- Country matters
- Destroying angels
- To eat crow
- The power of flies
- An hour’s hunt
- Upsik and siqoq
- Stolen moments
- Expectations
- A rogues’ gallery of bats
- Sleeping out
- Crow
- Stoltzfus consignment sale
- The perfect hat
- A small brown package
- Mr. Detwiler
- Holding infinity at bay
- Three incidents
- Lord and master of June
- Fetch

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Charles Fergus is the author of seventeen books, most of them about nature and the outdoors. He was born in central Pennsylvania and lived there for many years before moving, in 2003, to a small hill-country farm in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont.

Nature Writing
By: Charles Fergus(Author)
170 pages
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