"The fourth day of Christmas my true love sent to me
four colly birds..."
"Colly (or colley) is an Old English term for 'black,' from the word 'colliery,' meaning coal mine. And colly birds, therefore, refer to the common blackbird."
Whatever kind of bird it was, and whether or not it was calling, I've found that some of our ancestors were bird lovers. I have cousins that are bird watchers or photographers, and perhaps they get that passion from someone in our history.
My gift to you this fourth day of Christmas is....
Audubon Society and Ornithologist periodicals usually have lists of members and some have lists of those who have contributed articles.
South Australian Ornithologist
National Audubon Society
The Gull - Golden Gate Audubon Society, California
Audubon Society of North Carolina
The Bulletin of Massachusetts Audubon Society
The Iowa Ornithologist
The Illinois Audubon Society
The New Jersey Audubon Society
The Aviculture Society
Check other Societies in a local library or at WorldCat (list of Authors on left)