Annals & Magazine of Natural History Volume 8

Annals & Magazine of Natural History Volume 8

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1842 edition. Excerpt: ...cock-sparrow has quite gained on my affections of late by the assiduity with which he feeds his progeny. I have observed several of them on the highway attended by their young, generally three in number, and which, with quivering wings, besought and followed them for food, and never in vain. The parents too, by their fine erect carriage--which even cock-sparrows can assume--evidently showed much pride in their progeny. The sparrow, though not an early rising bird, is awake betimes, and as a colony will keep chattering for perhaps an hour about their roosting-place before retiring for the night, so in the morning do they make known their "whereabouts " by the same means, some time before they show themselves to the day: --I once noted on the llth of June, and likewise a few mornings previously, that on awakening at ten minutes past three o'clock, a colony of these birds frequenting the ivy which covered a town-house were heard loudly chattering, and that for half an hour afterwards none stirred out. Loud complaints have been reported to me from the proprietor of the nearest fields of grain to Belfast on one side of the town and a mile distant from it, which are attacked when ripening by hosts of town sparrows that go there early in the morning, and after satisfying their appetites at his expense, return and spend the day in town. In our own garden, these birds were for a number of years very destructive to growing peas, almost living upon and amongst them (perching on the pea-rods), and with their strong bills breaking through the pods to get at the peas, which alone they eat, and just when they were in perfection for the table. I have several times seen sparrows in chase of the large white garden-butterfly (Pontia brassicee, whose caterpillars are...show more

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  • Paperback | 248 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 13mm | 449g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236661931
  • 9781236661937