The Birds of Ontario in Relation to Agriculture

The Birds of Ontario in Relation to Agriculture

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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. 1904 edition. Excerpt: ...other of its class, the beak not being as well fitted for that operation as the beaks of the others. It has also the peculiarity of being able to percn crosswise on a branch, a method rarely adopted by its relations. There is one other evil trait that I have seen this bird exhibit, on two occasions only, that is the destruction by it of nests of the Bluebird; both the nests destroyed were built by the Bluebirds in holes in trees much higher than usual, probably from forty to fifty feet from the ground. I am not certain what the nests contained at the time, but I saw the 'oodpeckers pull out the nests and throw them piecemeal to the ground in spite of the resistance of the Bluebirds, but I found no trace of eggs or young; if there were any they must have' been eaten. It is probable that the Voodpeckers wanted thenesting site for themselves, and so dispossessed the owners. If so they were disappointed, for I settled the question by killing them, but I am sorry to say that I omitted to examine the stomachs to see whether or not they had devoured the young Bluebirds, if there were any. I am inclined to think these were exceptional cases; they occurred over twenty years ago and I have never seen a repetition of the trick. "If these birds become a nuisance in a garden or orchard, they can easily be killed off while they are committing their offense; but I think that through the country generally, the good they do, far overbalances the little damage they may do locally_ Yellow-bellied IV00dpecker 01 Sapsucker. (Fig. 14) Adult male, crown and chin crimson, back and wing coverts black and white, wings black with a large white bar, tail black, inner web of the two central feathers white with black spots, breast black edged with...show more

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  • Paperback | 26 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 1mm | 68g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236832833
  • 9781236832832