Our Feathered Game: A Handbook of the North American Game Birds

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C. Scribner's Sons, 1904 - Game and game-birds - 396 pages
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Page xxxvi - ACCORDING TO SEASON Talks about the flowers in the order of their appearance in the woods and fields.
Page 375 - Sandpipers having three toes, and it may always be known by this character in combination with its booted or transversely scaled tarsi. Range. — " Nearly cosmopolitan, breeding in arctic and subarctic regions ; migrating, in America, south to Chili and Patagonia
Page 104 - ... and I have been informed by persons whose word is worthy of belief, that they have frequently killed it with sticks. But when persistently persecuted, it soon becomes wild, and leaves the range of a shot-gun with surprising quickness. After hunting several large flocks for three or four days, they grew so shy that it was difficult to approach within gunshot, although at first they had been comparatively tame. Nimble of foot, the Ptarmigan frequently prefers to run away, on the approach of danger,...
Page 299 - Sandpipers, nesting, like these species, on the prairie near the river and about the adjoining pools, but not necessarily by the water's edge. In its habits at this season it most nearly resembles the Curlew, and the two species, of much the same size and general appearance, might be readily mistaken at a distance where the difference in the bill might not be perceived. On intrusion near the nest, the birds mount in the air with loud, piercing cries, hovering slowly around with labored flight in...
Page 358 - A printed copy of the following lines is usually sent with each bird : — To Boast a Swan. Take three pounds of beef, beat fine in a mortar, Put it into the Swan — that is, when you've caught her. Some pepper, salt, mace, some nutmeg, an onion, Will heighten the flavour in Gourmand's opinion. Then tie it up tight with a small piece of tape, That the gravy and other things may not escape. A meal paste, rather stiff, should be laid on the breast, And some whited-brown paper should cover the rest.
Page 295 - Western North America, breeding in Alaska to the Arctic Coast, migrating south in winter through the western United States (including the Mississippi Valley) to Mexico, and, less commonly, along the Atlantic Coast.
Page xxxvi - Every flower-lover who has spent weary hours puzzling over a botanical key in the effort to name unknown plants, will welcome this satisfactory book, which stands ready to lead him to the desired knowledge by a royal road.
Page 358 - To a gravy of beef, good and strong I opine, You.ll be right if you add half a pint of port wine ; Pour this through the swan, yes, quite through the belly, Then serve the whole up with some hot currant jelly.
Page 376 - Northern Hemisphere; in North America chiefly the northeastern portions; breeding in the high north, migrating in winter to the Eastern and Middle States, the Great Lakes, and the shores of the larger streams in the upper Mississippi Valley. This bird is partial to rocky shores and cold weather; a late migrant and likely to remain on the lake shore until ice forms.
Page 376 - North America, especially in the interior; breeds in the Yukon district and the interior of British America, northward to the Arctic coast; South America in winter as far as Uruguay and Peru. Of frequent occurrence in Europe.

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