Familiar Life in Field and Forest; The Animals, Birds, Frogs, and Salamanders

Familiar Life in Field and Forest; The Animals, Birds, Frogs, and Salamanders

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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. 1898 edition. Excerpt: ...meeting, took refuge beneath a neighboring sunflower, and, after squeaking and grunting his dissatisfaction a moment longer, concluded to join his fellows under the plank walk. After a while, with a good deal of scrambling and squeezing, they all succeeded in getting there. Then the place looked deserted. But presently the regiment reappeared--Indian file again--down by the horse block on the road, at the foot of the terrace; here I had a chance to count them as they marched riverward across the road and disappeared in the shrubbery on the other side--there were no less than nine. I have not the remotest idea why so many of them had congregated in the vicinity of the cottage, unless the refuse tub around in the rear was the attraction. Truth to tell, on the borders of the wilderness more wild animals (and tame ones, too, for I must include the itinerant cow) visit one's refuse tub than may be found in a city menagerie! I have often met the weasel, and he never impressed me with any shyness of disposition; but others have had a contrary experience; for instance, Dr. Abbott relates the following: "The careless snapping of a twig may not startle you, but it telegraphs your whereabouts to creatures many a rod away.... Not long since I was watching a weasel as it tripped along the rough rails of an old worm fence. It was intently engaged, following the trail of a ground squirrel, perhaps. Suddenly, as if shot, it stood in a half-erect posture, turned its head quickly from one side to the other, then rested one ear on or very near the rail, as I thought; then reassumed a semi-erect position, gave a quick, barklike cry, and disappeared. There was no mistaking the meaning of every movement. The animal had heard a suspicious sound, and...show more

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  • Paperback
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 118g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236791584
  • 9781236791580