Game and Water Birds

Game and Water Birds

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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. 1897 edition. Excerpt: ... the latter part of April, retiring south with its brood in the course of the autumn, and probably wintering, according to its habits, in the swampy maritime districts along the coast of the Mexican Gulf. An instance is given by Mr. Ord of one of these birds being driven out to sea and taking shelter on board of a vessel bound from New Orleans to Philadelphia, while in the Gulf. This happened on the 24th of May, and therefore could only have been a bewildered straggler accidentally carried out to sea without any intention of migrating; nor is it probable that a bird of such short wings as those which characterize the genus would make the attempt to travel any considerable distance over sea while a route by land equally favorable for the purpose offered. Little reliance, therefore, is to be placed upon these accidents as proving the maritime migratory habits of birds. Several hundred miles from land, towards the close of last June (18 3 3), in the latitude of the Capes of Virginia, the vessel in which I was sailing for the port of New York was visited by two or three unfortunate Swallows, who, overcome by hunger and fatigue, alighted for a while on the rigging of our ship, whence they, in all probability, proceeded farther out to sea and perished. At this season of the year they could not be migrating, but had wandered out upon the barren bosom of the deceiving ocean, and would, in consequence of exhaustion and famine, soon after fall a prey to the remorseless deep. The Martinico Gallinule while in the Southern States frequents the rice-fields, rivulets, and fresh-water pools in company with the more common Florida species. It is a vigorous and active bird, bites hard when irritated, runs with agility, and has the faculty, like the...show more

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  • Paperback | 132 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 249g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236846222
  • 9781236846228