Bulletin of the United States National Museum Volume 15

Bulletin of the United States National Museum Volume 15

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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. 1879 edition. Excerpt: ...season, and I think most of them perished. They would come around the observatory and shelter themselves as best they could. They were so far reduced that they were easily caught with the hand. In autumn they leave for the south about the middle of September. At this season, besides their diet of insects, they feed on the berries of Empetrum nigrum and Vaccinium uliginosum. During summer their food consists almost entirely of iusects, largely of dipterous larvae, which they procure among the carices around the fresh-water ponds. At Annanactook they began building about the 20th of June. The nest was always placed deep in a rock crevice, so far in, in fact, that I could not secure any of the nests I found. On the Greenland coast, especially in the vicinity of habitations, they often build in a tussock, much like a sparrow; but there the ravens are not so numerous or destructive to birds and eggs as in Cumberland. They practice every artifice to decoy an intruder from the vicinity of the nest--shamming lameness, and uttering the most plaintive cries; flitting from crag to crag before the pursuer till they have led him far beyond the nest, when suddenly they seem to have recovered, and take longer flights, till at last they jump up very smartly and fly away apparently highly elated at the little ruse they have so successfully practiced. This little bird is considered a great enemy by the Eskimo. They say it warns the reindeer of the approach of the hunter, and, still worse, will tell the reindeer if it be a very good shot that is in pursuit, that they may redouble their efforts to escape. The Eskimo never lose an opportunity to kill one of these birds. I have seen one with a rifle wasting his last balls in vain attempts to kill one when he...show more

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  • Paperback
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 122g
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  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 1236837053
  • 9781236837059