Goldsmith's Natural History, with Notes Collected, with a Life of O. Goldsmith by G.M. Bussey, by H. Innes

Goldsmith's Natural History, with Notes Collected, with a Life of O. Goldsmith by G.M. Bussey, by H. Innes

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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. 1853 edition. Excerpt: ...is the boldest and the best of all others for the pleasure of the chase.f Voracity.--A correspondent in a sporting Journal narrates the following: --" I went hut summer to spend a month, and to wash away the fogs of London in the" salt sea ocean," at the little watering-place of Mudiford, nearChristchurch, in Hampshire. During my stay, I frequently amused myself by boat excursions; and one sailor, in particular--a worthy, well-behaved son of the wave--was my Paliuurus. We were sailing up the river on a fine bright morning--the waters glittered in the sunshine, and the finny tribe were basking on the face of them, when I observed a large, brown, speckled hawk, which I discovered to be what they term a Dun t The Sparrow-hawk.--This destructive bird is remarkable for the great difference in size between the male and female, the former seldom measuring twelve inches in length, whilst the Litter often exceeds fifteen. It is one of the boldest of its genus; and the female, from her superior size, is a fatal enemy to partridges and other game. It flies low, skimming over the ground with great swiftness, and pounces its prey ujion the wing with unerring aim. The force of its stroke is such as generally to kill, and sometimes even to force out the entrails of its victim. It is common in most parts of the kingdom, but particularly frequents the (The Sparrow-hawk.) lower grounds and well-wooded inclosures: it twigs, and very similar to that of the ringbuilds in low trees, or thorn bushes, forming dove, but rather larger. It will occasionally - shallow mid Hat nest, composed of slender occupy the deserted nest of a crow. spittle hawk, hovering or beating about abovo us. My shipmate instantly said, ' Ah! what, there you are again, old pirate, ...show more

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  • Paperback | 578 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 30mm | 1,021g
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  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236525604
  • 9781236525604