A Catalogue of the Birds of Connecticut, Arranged According to Their Natural Families

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Page 251 - A Catalogue of the Birds of Connecticut, arranged according to their Natural Families. — Am. Journ. Sci. and Arts, xliv, 2, pp.
Page 253 - M-uscicapa tyrannus, king-bird,) and then he was satisfied for a week. He appeared to prefer this mode of living, and paid no attention to a daily supply. He however in the course of the summer became so mischievous among the young ducks of my neighbors, that I was Compelled to kill him. A single anecdote of his conduct may not be uninteresting. While he...
Page 270 - Bridgeport, and sent to me by a friend, and is probably one of the rarest birds in New England. It is not only beautiful, but the great quantity of plumage on a bird so small and delicate, together with his unique bill, seems to render it one of the most peculiar of this class of animals. *232. The swan was shot on this shore in Fairfield and taken alive; it was afterwards purchased by Messrs. G. & E. Thompson of Bridgeport, with a view to domesticate ; it however survived but two weeks, and was...
Page 267 - ... 13, 1888, Portland, one killed by JL Goff ; Aug. 20, 1904, West Haven (A. Ganung, in coll. of LBB) ; Sept., 1904, West Haven (seen by LCS) ; Sept. i, 5, 1910, Stratford (HWB). Haematopus palliatus Temminck. Oyster-catcher. The only record is that of Linsley,4 who says (1843) : " The Oyster-catcher is now rare here, but fifteen years since they were not very uncommon in autumn.
Page 252 - Northford, in thi> state, a splendid male turkey buzzard pounce down upon a chicken about three quarters grown, and within about three rods of where I was standing with two other persons. As he turned his eye upon us, still standing upon the chicken, he appeared so much alarmed as to be unable to rise ; we all ran...
Page 252 - I have known it in Connecticut from a child, having at that period counted twenty in a flock in Northford in the month of August.
Page 267 - Lad previously given great alarm to many of our inhabitants by its peculiarly doleful and mournful sounds at evening. One man who was laboring near the swamp, it is said, ran a mile in the greatest consternation, alleging that
Page 253 - ... persons as were not accustomed to come in at the front door entered the yard, it was actually dangerous for them, and they could only escape the tremendous grasp of his talons by running with their full strength and shutting the gate after them.
Page 255 - but two individuals," one of which " was found lying upon his back in a barn-yard in a cold morning in March, 1841, though still living." A specimen was taken at East Haven, Conn., Nov. 26th, 1874, by Dr. FW Hall. Mr. Coe and Mr. Sage have each fine examples of this species in their cabinets, and the former gentleman showed me a set of five eggs found in a hole in a tree near Portland, Conn. Dr. Wood, of East Windsor Hill, has several...
Page 267 - It is also stated by several of our most respectable inhabitants, that forty seven years since, one hundred men united in a company on the Sabbath, to traverse this swamp, and succeeded in killing one of these same birds, and that their sounds have not been heard in the town since, until the former instance occurred which secured a specimen to me. Goldsmith has very happily expressed the li-omim; of the bittern.

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