The Enchanted Wood.
Bright little timid eyes watch me go by :
Shy little birds fill the woods with their cry.
Brilliant the colour of wings as they fly.
Dear little birds in the wood.
I have never believed much in Latin. So I cannot tell you anything very scientific about all the birds in the Enchanted Wood. Nor do I think that that will matter much. Their interest lies not in what that are called, but in how they live and act, and in what the people think of them, and what quaint and fanciful stories are told about them. Besides, Latin names are often inappropriate. That of the Burmese House CrowaCorvus Insolensais one of the few suitable ones. As it happens, there are practically no Crows at all in Loimwe,* and only Jungle Crows in Keng Tung. That is the locality of the Enchanted Wood, but as it includes the low plain of Keng Tung and the still lower valley oi the Mekong, as well as the hills of Loimwe, which are from 5,000 to 8,000 feet high, the field is a large one? and what I have to say is of general, as well as of local interest. Indeed, probably all the birds found com' monly in the Shan States, and in similar parts of Burm8a*
* To be exactathere are three.* To be exacta there are three.