The Birds of Essex; A Contribution to the Natural History of the Country

The Birds of Essex; A Contribution to the Natural History of the Country

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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. 1890 edition. Excerpt: ...was shot about 9 p.m. on the 8th of this month July, 1846 by a farmer's son, named Peter Coveney, in the parish of Great Horkesley, about four miles from Colchester. He saw it first on the evening of the 6th. He tells me it occasionally flew to a great height, and was principally engaged in hawking for flies over a small wood and neighbouring trees. Being only wounded, it cried very much as it fell, and when he took it up, clung so tightly to some clover--it was in a clover-lay--as to draw some stalks from the ground." The specimen is now in the possession of Mr. Catchpool's son, Mr. Thos. K. Catchpool, of Leicester. The second occurrence of this bird in Britain was in 1879, when Mr. G. B. Corbin (40. iv. 81) obtained one near Ringwood, Hants, on July 26th or 27th, after having for several days seen it flying over the Avon in company with another. Dr. Bree refers to another possible British L Family CAPRIMULGIDE. Nightjar: Caprimulgus europaus. Locally, "Night Hawk' (Orsett). A regular summer visitor, but very sparingly distributed, except in a few spots which are peculiarly suited to its habits, as Epping Forest, Ongar Park Wood, and the woods and commons round Danbury, Tiptree, Warley, and elsewhere In most parts of the county it is seen occasionally when on migration. It usually arrives about the middle of May, and departs in September. Albin says (3. i. 10), "I have seen them on Epping Forest and divers other places." Mr. Buxton says (47. 93) they are "frequently seen during summer in the Forest, where they breed." "J. H." records (29. Jan. 13, 1883) that in 1883 he found a couple of nests in the Forest, and I found a nest near Ambresbury Banks in 1870. I also saw a nest--or rather eggs--in Ongar Park...show more

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  • English
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  • 1236587863
  • 9781236587862