Contents Preface 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
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.
"The Wingless Crow is a collection of nature-related essays that brilliantly blend woodland lore with wisdom, anecdotes, philosophy, humor, and much more. Each page offers fresh surprises. If you are not a nature lover now, you most likely will be after reading this delightful book." - Bill Russell, author of Field Guide to Wild Mushrooms of Pennsylvania and the Mid-Atlantic, published by Penn State Press "Charles Fergus knows how to keep a reader's interest in all that is wild and wonderful with this collection of short, lyrical essays on nature, country living, and the hunting life." - Marcia Bonta, author of Outbound Journeys in Pennsylvania and More Outbound Journeys in Pennsylvania, both published by Penn State Press"