Birds of the West; An Account of the Lives and the Labors of Our Feathered Friends

Birds of the West; An Account of the Lives and the Labors of Our Feathered Friends

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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. 1907 edition. Excerpt: ...for they spend so much time upon their nests that their enemies have a far better chance to detect and secure them. If the man behind the gun had been a part of nature's plan I have no doubt that all birds would have had more somber colors. What a life it must be to be in the enemy's country all the time! By the way, the chewink is the bird that Thomas Jefferson discovered upon his farm and became so much interested in. He wrote with great interest to the scientists of his time about it and it became his special favorite. ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK. In a little while, as soon as the buds have burst upon the maple trees, you will be startled at the song of the grosbeak which will fall upon your ear with an amazing sweetness. You will never forget the day. That song is as full of music as its little heart is full of love. Follow the song and you will find it coming from one of the prettiest birds that ever spread a wing. If you say "Handsome is that handsome does," and "Is not the blue jay pretty and pretty bad too?" the answer is "The grosbeak is pretty and pretty good too." As he sits high up in the tree-top trying to fill the world with music, he looks as though his throat had burst from the fullness of his song and his heart's blood had stained his throbbing breast. Not so with his modest mate. Never a red feather in her trousseau, just a brown and yellow to catch her fellow. As though it were not enough to be pretty and to sing sweetly, the grosbeak is handy about the house. He helps make up the nest. He helps to get dinner. He even does his share in the nursery, sitting part of the time upon the eggs or singing mamma and babies to sleep in their little cradle of straw. Yes, even at midnight when the reflected light...show more

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  • Paperback | 40 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 91g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236497880
  • 9781236497888