The Natural History of Selbourne

The Natural History of Selbourne

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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. 1851 edition. Excerpt: ...district. The only instance I ever remember where this species haunts any building, is at the town of Bishops Waltham, in this count, where man sand-martins nest e and breed in the scaifolci holes of the back wall of William of Wykeham's stables; but then this wall stands in a ve1'y sequestered and retired enclosure, and faces upon a large and beautiful lake. And, indeed, this species seems so to delight in large waters, that no instance occurs of their aboimding but near vast pools or rivers; and, in particular, it has been remarked that they swarm in the banks of the Thames, in some places below London Bridge. ' It is curious to observe with what different degrees of architectonic skill Providence has endowed birds of the same genus, and so nearly correspondent in their general mode of life; for, while the swallow and the house-martin discover the greatest address in raising and securely fixing crusts or shells of loam, as cunabula for their young, the bank-martin terebrates a round and regular hole in the sand or earth, which is serpentine, horizontal, and about two feet deep. At the inner end of this burrow does this bird deposit, in a good degree of safety, her rude nest, consisting of fine grasses and feathers, usually goose feathers, very inartificially laid together."' Perseverance will accomplish anything: though at first M. Eugene Robert communicated to the Academy of Sciences at Paris:1 curious observation that he had made in the case of some nests of the sandmartin, which he had an opportunity of examining. He noticed that they were lined or plastered over with a sort of matter, which he believed to be the spawn of fish, and which helped to prevent the sand from falling down into the nest.-W. Jnnvns. 184 SAND-MARTINS. one...
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  • Paperback | 148 pages
  • 184 x 242 x 12mm | 280g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 1236560329
  • 9781236560322