Birds from Moidart and Elsewhere; Drawn from Nature

Birds from Moidart and Elsewhere; Drawn from Nature

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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. 1895 edition. Excerpt: ...of nature. Many people say the Cuckoo lays its egg on the ground, and carries it about in its bill until it finds a suitable nest to put it in." I have told this curious fact to various of my friends. They all exclaimed, "How does she do it? Is the egg laid first, and then a suitable nest sought for? Or is the nest found first, then an egg laid to order?" I incline to the former view as the more feasible; also, that it is in favour of the opinion that the egg is laid on the ground first. If it were laid in the nest without previous inspection, she might perchance be surprised into laying a green egg among speckled ones. The circumstances under which the accompanying sketch of the young Cuckoo in the Pipit's nest was made are detailed in the two following letters, which appeared in Nahere, 14th March 1872, and in the Lancet, 2nd July 1892. THE CUCKOO IN THE PIPITS NEST. "Several well-known naturalista who have seen my sketch from life of the young Cuckoo ejecting the young Pipit (opposite page 22 of the little versified tale of which I send a copy) have expressed a wish that the details of my observations of the scene should be published. I therefore send you the facts, though the sketch itself seems to me to be the only important addition I have made to the admirably accurate description given by Dr Jenner in his letter to John Hunter, which is printed in the Philosophical Transactions for 1788 (vol. lxxviii., pp. 225, 226), and which I have read with pleasure since putting down my own notes. "The uest which we watched last June, after finding the Cuckoo's egg in it, was that of the Common Meadow Pipit (Titlark, Mosscheeper), and had two Pipit's eggs besides that of the Cuckoo. It was below a heather bush, on the...show more

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  • Paperback | 26 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 1mm | 68g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236554558
  • 9781236554550