How to Tell the Birds from the Flowers: A Manual of Flornithology for Beginners

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P. Elder, 1907 - American wit and humor - 28 pages
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Page 13 - To tell the Turnip from the Tern, A thing which everyone should learn, Observe the Tern up in the air, See how he turns, and now compare Him with this in-ert veg-et-able, Who thus to turn is quite unable, For he is rooted to the spot, While as we see, the Tern is not: He is not always doomed to be Thus bound to earth e-fern-ally For "cooked to a tern" may be inferred, To change the Turnip to a bird.
Page 28 - Not every one is always able To recognize a vegetable, For some are guided by tradition, While others use their intuition, And even I make no pretense Of having more than common sense; Indeed these strange...
Page 7 - Panicle and Pelican Have often been confused; The letters which spell pelican In "Panicle are used. YOU never need confound the luio, There are many ways oj telling: The simplest thing that one can do, Is to observe the spelling.
Page 2 - By paying close attention to the habits of the Bees, For En-to-molo-gists aver, the Bee can be in Clover, While Ety-molo-gists concur, there is no B in Plover.
Page 6 - Here in the pod we see the Pea, While perched close by is the Petuee; The Pea he hears the Peu/ee peep, While pewee sees the u/eepea u/eep.
Page 10 - Cowslip has teen much admired, /Utho' its proper name, were told, Is really the Marsh Marigold: The Cow Bird picture, I suspect, Is absolutely incorrect, We make suck errors now and then, A sort of cou/ slip of the pen.

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