A history of British birds, Band 2;Band 53


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Seite 263 - Yea, the sparrow hath found her an house, and the swallow a nest, where she may lay her young; even thy altars, O LORD of hosts, my King and my GOD.
Seite 48 - ... downwards is very broad, with a considerable depression in the middle. This depression seems formed by nature for the design of giving a more secure lodgment to the egg of the hedge-sparrow, or its young one, when the young cuckoo is employed in removing either of them from the nest. When it is about twelve days old, this cavity is quite filled up, and then the back assumes the shape of nestling birds in general.
Seite 100 - ... in general with us this Hirundo breeds in chimneys ; and loves to haunt those stacks where there is a constant fire, no doubt for the sake of warmth. Not that it can subsist in the immediate shaft where there is a fire; but prefers one adjoining to that of the kitchen, and disregards the perpetual smoke of that funnel, as I have often observed with some degree of wonder.
Seite 47 - ... egg, put there at the same time, to remain unmolested. The singularity of its shape is well adapted to these purposes ; for, different from other newly-hatched birds its back, from the scapulae downwards, is very broad, with a considerable depression in the middle.
Seite 182 - MID pleasures and palaces though we may roam, Be it ever so humble, there's no place like home! A charm from the skies seems to hallow us there, Which seek through the world is ne'er met with elsewhere. Home! home! sweet, sweet home! There's no place like home!
Seite 44 - ... somewhat superior in size, turned out the other, together with the young hedge-sparrow and the unhatched egg. This contest was very remarkable. The combatants alternately appeared to have the advantage, as each carried the other several times nearly to the top of the nest, and then sunk down again, oppressed by the weight of its burden; till at length, after various efforts, the strongest prevailed, and was afterwards brought up by the hedge-sparrows.
Seite 46 - ... to recommend it to notice. But the odd part of the story is, that the bird which hatched the cuckoo never came near it; but her place was supplied by a hedge-sparrow, who performed her part diligently and punctually...
Seite 102 - Swallow, built her nest for three or four years, quite regardless of the removal or light of the lamp, and the constant passing and repassing of the servants. On the opposite side of the same open court, the great housebell was hung, under a wooden cover, fastened to the north wall of the house : it was a large bell, and was rung several times a day, to call the servants to their meals. Under the wooden cover of this bell, the same Swallow, it is believed, which had formerly built on the bracket...
Seite 55 - In the nest, which was barely a hole scratched out of the coal-slack, in the manner of a plover's nest, I observed three eggs, but did not touch them. As I had labourers constantly at work in that field, I went thither every day, and always looked...
Seite 273 - I have watched pairs of sparrows repeatedly feeding their young, and have found that they bring food to the nest once in ten minutes during at least six hours of the twenty-four, and that each time from two to six caterpillars are brought : every naturalist will know this to be under the mark. Now suppose the ' three thousand five hundred sparrows' destroyed by the ' Association for killing Sparrows...

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