The Maine Naturalist; Journal of the Knox Academy of Arts and Sciences on the Fauna, Flora and Geology of Maine Volume 1-3

The Maine Naturalist; Journal of the Knox Academy of Arts and Sciences on the Fauna, Flora and Geology of Maine Volume 1-3

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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. 1921 edition. Excerpt: ...scarce, it was reported, from time to time, the hawks killed for the love of it, as they were often seen to strike birds and leave them to drift away, and so sentence had been passed, and it was agreed to shoot them at first opportunity. Mr. Brownson said they were the only pair reported any where on the coast between Grand Manan and Portland, he begged for their lives and they were spared for awhile. But the tole they take of the feathered population is bound to be their undoing in the end. And now the picturesque Peregrine Falcon is no longer seen circling in the blue above his home on the North Head Cliff. One lands at the village of North Head, but the gull colonies are not so easily accessible. Due to the accidental introduction of Raccoons, the gulls have deserted the large island particularly the South Head Cliffs where a considerable colony used to thrive a few years ago. But one can always find an obliging fisherman with a motor boat, and the trip is well worth any trouble necessary. The best time is toward middle and last of June when incubation is well advanced, and the arrival of a stranger is soon spread the length and breadth of the colony. The Outer and Inner Wood Islands are easily reached, only a mile from the main island. These colonies number about fifteen thousand pairs, after one has visited the islands this is felt to be a conservative estimate. Years ago the gulls nested on the ground entirely, but in late years many have taken to the trees, as all the good locations are taken on the ground. The trees are scrub spruce with an occasional fir, all the tops of which have flattened out instead of assuming the customary tapering point. This is due to the numbers of gulls alighting and nesting upon them. The new growth is...show more

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  • Paperback | 130 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 245g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236746724
  • 9781236746726