27 April 1859
by layman k
Walk along Swampscott Beach from Red Rock northeast. The beach is strewn with beautifully colored purple and whitish algve just left by the tide. Hear and see the seringo in fields next the shore. No noticeable yellow shoulder, pure whitish beneath, dashed throat and a dark-brown line of dashes along the sides of the body.
Struck inland and passed over the west end of High Rock, through the cemetery, and over Pine Hill, where I heard a strange warbler, methought, a dark-colored, perhaps reddish-headed bird. Thence through East Saugus and Saugus to Cliftondale, I think in the southern part of Saugus.
The little brown snake with the light line along the back just killed in the road.
from the journals of Henry David Thoreau