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In June the partridge (Tetrao umbellus), which is so shy a bird, led her brood past my windows, from the woods in the rear to the front of my house, clucking and calling to them like a hen, and in all her behavior proving herself the hen of the woods.

Based upon the details Thoreau shares in the preceding passage, the reader can infer that:


Thoreau appreciates the responsibility of the mother bird


the bird is comfortable around the author


Thoreau notices the birds’ daily activities


a partridge’s nest is always hidden from the eyes of man

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