This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V26", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
A few months ago, I noticed some observations on the tameness of wild birds in the West. The following facts came under my notice in 1872, in Minnesota and Dakota. In the vicinity of St. Paul, prairie chickens were exceedingly wild, so that an inexperienced marksman could with difficulty secure a shot; but in northern Minnesota I saw one brood, the hen and half-grown chicks, which were so tame that I could scarcely frighten them out of my way with clods, etc. In the southern part of the State blackbirds and ducks always seemed wild, but in the far northern part of the State they were very tame, and could easily be approached and shot. I observed the same thing with several species of hawk, which in Pennsylvania are generally so wild. At Glyndon, on the Northern Pacific Railroad, I saw cow-blackbirds ranged along the back of a mule, which was tethered in front of the frontier hotel, for a whole day. I may remark, also, of that country, that I have never seen insects and small snakes so abundant in any part of the United States as in northern Minnesota and Dakota in 1872, and I do not think any part of the country can produce larger mosquitoes than that region.