Nature Notes; The Selborne Society's Magazine Volume 5

Nature Notes; The Selborne Society's Magazine Volume 5

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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. 1894 edition. Excerpt: ...forms disappear first. Gilbert White wrote long ago to Daines Barrington: " Most kind of birds seem to me to be wild and shy, somewhat in proportion to their bulk The goldencrested wren (the smallest British bird) will stand unconcerned till you come within three or four yards of it, while the bustard (otis), the largest British land fowl, does not care to admit a person within so many furlongs." This is, partly at all events, why the large fine birds disappear with the advance of civilisation before the smaller species. Some families of birds are tamer and more inclined to court the company of man than others; but even among them there are exceptions. The crow family is a good instance of this. Far more rookeries are placed close to human habitations than at a distance from them--and this despite the annual rook-shooting when the branchers are out of the nests in May. The carrion crow, a wild wary bird as a rule, becomes tame when he is safe. We have heard his croak in the early hours of a summer morning in Kensington (perhaps the cry of one of the birds which, we are told, live in Holland Park and sometimes nest in Kensington Gardens), and the tameness of crows in Switzerland was truly surprising. You will find the magpie a difficult bird to shoot in England now, but we read in "Yarrell" that it was not always of so retiring a disposition in this country, and that in Scandinavia it is a familiar bird about homesteads. Yet, whoever knew jays tame and familiar? They are ever birds of the woodlands. When Mr. Hudson writes of rooks, magpies, moorhens, dabchicks and shy wood-pigeons, "all at once grown strangely tame," and breeding in parks and squares and gardens, he mentions some species peculiarly amenable to taming...show more

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  • Paperback | 68 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 141g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236622111
  • 9781236622112