Bird, Marked in War of 1812, Present at Every Big Engagement Since Then.

The famous “belled buzzard,” known to be more than one hundred years old, is believed to be dead. A few days ago it was seen on the farm of W. H. Leach, near the mouth of Second creek, West Virginia. It looked to be greatly emaciated and ready to give up its widely-known career.

This buzzard has a small sleigh bell tied around its neck, which was said to have been placed there during the war of 1812. The bird had wars as its hobby, and is said to have been present at every battle of size north of the equator. It has been seen as far south as Peru, although its summers were generally spent in the mountains of West Virginia. During the Mexican trouble, several years ago, it spent two consecutive summers on the border.

Members of the Leach family saw the bird flying low, with a number of other buzzards accompanying it. It was noticed that the bird had got its beak fastened behind the leather strap which supported the bell, and seemed unable to release itself. An attempt was made to release the buzzard’s head, but it became frightened and flew away. It is felt certain that the bird has since died. 

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Marlington, W. Va.—The far-famed “belled” buzzard has been seen again. Superstitious residents fear a disaster is imminent, in which there will be a great loss of life. They point to past occasions when the buzzard made its appearance, which were followed by calamities. Local history has it that the buzzard was captured and belled by pioneer residents shortly after the War of 1812. Residents are afraid to shoot it.

From— Warren sheaf. (Warren. Marshall County, Minn.), 13 Oct. 1920. & The Jasper news. (Jasper, Mo.), 21 Sept. 1922. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.


Rare Species to Be Mounted and Given Museum

ENID, Okla., Jan. 2 — Local hunters are oiling their guns in preparation for a big rabbit hunt following the shooting of a rabbit on whose head was a pair of well-defined horns. A few days previous another rabbit had been shot by a couple out-of-town hunters who claimed that their trophy also had real horns, altho not quite so well defined as in the case of the second rabbit.

Four local rabbit fanciers were hunting the “cottontail” about nine miles northwest of Enid. Suddenly an unusually large rabbit ran out of a bush in front and sat up on its haunches directly in their path about fifty yards ahead. One of the men shot it.

Upon examination they found that it possessed a pair of real horns, located just back of the ears and about the size of a man’s finger.

According to scientists such species of rabbits do exists, but they are very rare. This is the first, time, as far as can be learned, that any have been seen in this section. The hunters who killed the horned rabbit are going to have the head mounted and will then probably present it to some museum.

The Seattle star. (Seattle, Wash.), 02 Jan. 1922. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.


Here’s the 2nd page of my Critical Hit Doodle Diary. Where I go back to the very beginning of the podcast, to draw my favorite highlights and ideas I have while re-listening to each episode. Stay tuned and enjoy!

So excited to be drawing the adorable Torq and Randus! Watch out Smith, you’ll be drawn up too, soon enough. ;-)