December 5, 1853

in Thoreau’s Journal:

Many living leaves are very dark red now the only effect of the frost on them—the checker-berry—andromeda—low cedar and more or less lambkill—&c.

Saw & heard a downy woodpecker on an apple tree—have not many winter birds, like this & the chickadee, a sharp note like tinkling glass or icicles  —  The chip of the tree-sparrow also & whistle of the shrike is not wintry in the same way?—& The sonorous hooting owl—  But not so the jay & E. linaria —& still less the crow.  Now for the short days & early twilight—in which I hear the sound of wood chopping.