Things in the Forest, by M and E Kirby
General Books LLC, 2009 - 70 pages
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1861. Excerpt: ... rapping that everybody in the house must hear it. Then he would hook himself again to the top of the cage, and finish his night's rest. But imprisonment did not agree with him; and in a very little time he drooped and died. CHAPTER IX. THE OWL. Night is the season of rest; and no sooner is the curtain of darkness drawn round us, than the birds, who have been on the wing all day, retire to their nests to slumber, until the first rosy streak of morning shall wake them up again. But in the evening twilight, when the other birds are preparing for repose, issues forth the owl. He has been lying hidden in the cleft of a tree, or in the tangled foliage; for his eyes are not made to endure the glare of the sun. It would dazzle him; and he would flutter about here and there, as if he were blind, or else bereft of his senses. And he would be very unwise to venture out while the forest was astir. The birds would fall upon him, with one accord, and treat him with the utmost indignity. Even the smallest and most feeble would peck at him, and flap its wings in his face. They know very well the owl cannot hurt them; for he is too dizzy with the light to do anything but roll his head round and round, and stare, with his great eyes, in a blind and stupid manner. The worst of his enemies is the blue jay--a chattering noisy bird, with a loud squalling voice, that is constantly heard in the forest. The wild deer are frightened when they hear it, and run away, to the great annoyance of the hunter; so that the hunter is a bitter enemy to the blue jay, and shoots him whenever he can find him. The jay is both ill-natured and impertinent in his conduct to the owl. He is highly delighted if he can find out the place where he is hiding himself in the day-time, for then he can play ...
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