A History of British Birds, Volume 4

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Groombridge and sons, 1863 - Birds
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Page 31 - Sole-sitting, still at every dying fall Takes up again her lamentable strain Of winding woe, till wide around the woods Sigh to her song, and with her wail resound.
Page 66 - ... distance ; and when close at your ear, is scarce any louder than when a great way off. Had I not been a little acquainted with insects, and known that the grasshopper kind is not yet hatched, I should have hardly believed but that it had been a Locusta whispering in the bushes. The...
Page 178 - Peller, peller, peller ; these sounds he repeats at first at some little intervals ; but as he proceeds they increase in rapidity until at last, and after perhaps the lapse of a minute or so, he makes a sort of gulp in his throat, and finishes with sucking in, as it were, his breath.
Page 31 - So, close in poplar shades, her children gone, The mother nightingale laments alone, Whose nest some prying churl had found, and thence By stealth convey'd th
Page 27 - One of the old birds, instead of being frightened away by the motion of the wagon, only left its nest from time to time for the purpose of flying to the nearest hedge for food for its young ; and thus, alternately affording warmth and nourishment to them, it arrived at Worthing.
Page 129 - The wren, the wren, the king of all birds, St. Stephen's Day was caught in the furze, Although he is little, his family's great, I pray you, good landlady, give us a treat.
Page 129 - Couldn't, cos he sung so !" Leaning idly over a fence a few days since, we noticed a little four-year old " lord of creation," amusing himself in the grass by watching the frolicsome flight of birds, which were playing around him. At length a beautiful bobolink perched...
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Page 26 - For some reason his going was delayed, and he therefore directed that the waggon should be placed under a, shed in his yard, packed as it was, till it should be convenient for him to send it off. While it was in the shed, a pair of robins built their nest among some straw in the waggon, and had hatched their young, just before it was sent away.

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