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bird with a yellow and a little black moon across his front

This may be a yellow warbler Opal is referring to.


blue jay

Blue jays are common birds in Oregon and the North American continent.


butterflies and moths as they come out of their cradles in spring

caterpillars who have changed into butterflies and moths exit their winter cocoons in the spring

"I watch as butterflies and moths as they come out of their cradles in spring."

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Opal had a lifelong fascination with butterflies.



A goldfinch bird.

Opal uses the French word for goldfinch (chardonneret) when she sings her uncle's bird song.



cocoons of caterpillars & moths or bird nests

"I also saw cradles of the velvety caterpillars on my walk."

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hen sitting on nest of eggs

Female chicken keeping her eggs warm by sitting on them

"There is also a hen sitting on nest of eggs in the barn."

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silk bags with spider eggs

spider egg sacks

"Today on my walk through the woods I saw silk bags with spider eggs in them."

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A toad is a small frog-like creature that lives on both land and in the water. Frogs have very smooth skin while the skin of toads is dry and warty. People used to believe that handling toads gives you warts - but that is not true. Warts are caused by viruses, not toads or frogs.


wood rat

The wood rat is really not a rat at all. It is much larger and is in the general rodent family. Wood rats are noted for carrying off small items back to their nests. Wood rats are also called "pack-rats" because they like to store things in their nests. Opal describes her pet wood-rat's fur as feeling like velvet.


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