The Condor Volume 14-15

The Condor Volume 14-15

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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. 1912 edition. Excerpt: ...with the Long-eared Owls. Speotyto cunicularia hypogaea. Burrowing Owl. VVishing to acquire a little more information as to the nidification of these queer little owls, I opened four nesting burrows on April 30, 1912; the first of these held six fresh eggs, withrone of the birds on the nest. She proved a savage captive, lying on her back with bill snapping viciously and claws extended while she squealed and scolded in the most approved owl fashion. Not wishing to injure or unnecessarily frighten her I soon released her. After a short undulating flight she perched on the mound of a burrow not far away, where she remained for some time. One of the other nests held large young birds, nearly feathered, while the other two burrows each claimed families of half-grown young. The number of each brood was not ascertained as I did not care to enlarge the burrows to such an extent as to allow the entrance of any large animal. Around the mounds at the entrances to these excavations were miscellaneous collections of scraps, showing the kind of food that had been brought to the young owlets. A dried up section of some small snake, the legs of a frog. tufts of fur and bones of mice. were identified, together with large numbers of wings and shells of beetles. These, and other large insects: it seemed, had formed the greater part of the food of newly hatched birds, the diet of meat gradually becoming more common as the young grew stronger. From the standpoint of the agriculturist a pair of these interesting little-owls must prove:1 valuable asset to any farm. Lanius ludovicianus gambeli. California Shrike. Last spring, while passing a willow tree growing near a-canal at the roadside, I noticed a shrike perched on the topmost twig. As this is usually an...
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  • Paperback | 268 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 14mm | 485g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236868137
  • 9781236868138