Bird-Lore; An Illustrated Bi-Monthly Magazine Devoted to the Study and Protection of Birds ... Official Organ of the Audubon Societies ... Volume 12

Bird-Lore; An Illustrated Bi-Monthly Magazine Devoted to the Study and Protection of Birds ... Official Organ of the Audubon Societies ... Volume 12

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1910 edition. Excerpt: ... whole mouthful of green measuring-worms. The next time he had visited a garden down the hillside, for he brought one raspberry in his bill and coughed up three more. The three young Grosbeaks left the nest the morning of July 6. They were not able to fly more than a few feet, but they knew how to perch and call for food. I never heard a more enticing dinner song. The minute a youngster's appetite was satisfied, he always took a nap. There was no worry on his mind as to where the next bite was coming from. He just contracted into a fluffy ball, and he didn't pause a second on the borderland. It was so simple. His lids closed, and it was done. He slept soundly, too, for when I stroked the feathers of one, he didn't wake, but, at the sound of the parents' wings, he awoke as suddenly as he dropped asleep. I have watched a good many bird families, but I never saw Home-Life the work divided as it seemed to be in the Grosbeak household. The first day I stayed about the nest, I noticed that the father was feeding the children almost entirely, and whenever he brought a mouthful, he hardly knew which one to feed first. The mother fed about once an hour, while he fed every ten or fifteen minutes. This seemed rather contrary to my understanding of bird ways. Generally the male is wilder than his wife, and she has to take the responsibility of the home. The next day I watched at the nest, conditions were the same, but I was surprised to see that parental duties were just reversed. The mother was going and coming continually with food, while the father sat about in the tree-tops, sang and preened his feathers leisurely, only taking the trouble to hunt up one mouthful for his bairns to every sixth or seventh the mother brought. To my surprise, the...show more

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  • Paperback | 168 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 9mm | 313g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236992539
  • 9781236992536