Letter to the Editor: Washoe Canary


April 9, 1865

Dear Editor,

The Virginia City Chapter of the Comstock Audubon Society hereby announces it’s annual pursuit and solemnization. This year, as in all past annums, the objective of our dogmatic efforts is the elusive Washoe Canary. A rare warbler and crony to that other local rarity, the lone miner, has been spotted near the top of Mount Davidson, possibly plotting to feather its nest with such gallimaufry as may be found in parts local.

Little is known about the mating habits of these flying jennets and their mates, but a farsighted observer has recorded sightings of the long-eared fowl carrying gunny sacks, multicolored headgear, woolen long-johns, freshly laundered bed gear, etc., etc., to their aviaries. This year it is our fervent hope to capture and preserve one or more of these rare moments via the latest wet-plate photography methods available on the Comstock.

Please join us!

Proper clothing, a box lunch, and a pint or three of your favorite ale are recommended. All active members are instructed to meet on “A” Street at the same indiscernible location and time as last year. All other interested parties may join our assemblage by quietly following one of our active members to the meeting location. Photographic devices are optional; lollygaggers will be left behind.

Good luck and perspicacious observing,


T.  Hoax
Chapter President,
Virginia City Chapter of the Comstock Audubon Society

Editor’s Note: Never heard of the Washoe Canary? See our explainer.