Short Stories of Our Shy Neighbors

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American Book Company, 1896 - Animals - 214 pages
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Page 103 - A silly young cricket, accustomed to sing Through the warm, sunny months of gay summer and spring, Began to complain, when he found that at home His cupboard was empty and winter was come. Not a crumb to be found On the snow-covered ground; Not a flower could he see, Not a leaf on a tree : " Oh, what will become," says the cricket,
Page 194 - The rules laid down by the fanciers regulating the various properties which a first-rate pouter should possess, are — from the point of the beak to the tip of the tail the bird should measure eighteen inches ; its shape should be fine, and its back hollow and tapering from the shoulders, for if there...
Page 182 - And it is at such times that we often see them in the water, looking like real hairs from the tail of a horse. A strange thing about them is that they may be left in the hot sunshine till they are completely dried up, and until they appear to be dead ; but if placed in water for a short time, they will come to life, and be as active as ever. I have walked along the borders of that little stream many a time since that day, and have always found the heavy stone on duty, holding the horsehairs down....
Page 183 - WHY yes, of course, we all know him ; for he is the brave little chickadee that always has a word of cheer for us, even in the coldest winter weather ; and he is no more afraid of the ice and snow than we are. His body measures about five and a half inches The Chickadee. in length, from the point of his short, black bill to the tip of his tail. He wears a black, jaunty cap upon his head ; but from the base of his bill there is a narrow white band that runs all along the sides of his neck. His pretty...
Page 184 - ... wears a suit very much like his own, and she is quite as lively as he. In summer time, she builds a nest of soft grasses and wool, and within it she lays six small, white eggs, marked with specks of red. This nest is usually made in a knot hole on the limb or trunk of a tree ; sometimes it is a hole that a squirrel or some other animal has dug out and left. But if the little chickadees can not find a hole of this kind, they will cut one in the tree, with their strong, sharp bills. These birds...

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