Bird-Lore Volume 10

Bird-Lore Volume 10

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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. 1908 edition. Excerpt: ... of Florida seemed, until very recently, a possibility so remote as to be unworthy of serious consideration. Twenty-five years ago, it is true, this species was common in the South, breeding in thousands on small islands or 'hammocks' in the salt marshes--a race so strong in numbers, so beautiful, and so harmless to man that none could foresee the doom which was so shortly to overtake it. Yet, when once Fashion had decreed that the Snowy Heron's delicate nuptial plumes be used to ornament women's hats, this loveliest of all our marshland birds was in a very short time almost blotted out of existence. Along this coast--which for excellent reasons shall be nameless--where formerly it nested in such multitudes, it was considered, up to a few weeks ago, practically, if not absolutely, extinct. On May 15, 1908, while exploring certain marshes and sea-beaches in quest of breeding colonies of birds, I was informed of a certain small island or hammock in the marsh which was a favorite resort of white and blue 'Cranes.' Supposing that these 'Cranes' were merely Little Blue Herons--an abundant species--in the immature and adult phases, this information seemed of slight importance; but, as the hammock referred to lay close to the river down which our launch was proceeding, we decided to land and have a look at it. The river, which is here a broad tide-water stream, is bordered on either side by wide areas of salt marsh; and presently, when we were still some miles distant, the skipper pointed out the island where he had seen the 'Cranes.' Watching it idly as the launch sped swiftly down the river, we could see a few Herons--some white, some dark in color--flying about above the dense bushes covering the island. At that distance, however, we could...show more

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  • Paperback | 154 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 286g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236588592
  • 9781236588593