Nests and Eggs of Birds of the United States

Nests and Eggs of Birds of the United States

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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. 1882 edition. Excerpt: ...Kansas, Southern Iowa and the whole of Missouri, they occur, if at all, in comparatively small and isolated parties. In regions which these Grouse inhabit, they are permanent residents, and are never known to move southward with the retreat of warm weather. They are capable of adapting themselves to climatic variations with ease, but not so readily to surface irregularities and their natural concomitants. Dense woods, craggy mountain-sides, and the borders of streams, are noted places of resort. Lowlands, especially such as are invested with thick absorbed in feeding. Not to that extent, howe lI10viIl_g leaf, or the crackling of a twig would pass unnoticed. The slightest noise causes a temporary suspension of labor, and a shudder of surprise. All of a sudden, and in the most perfect harmony, all heads are raised and pointing in the direction whence the noise proceeded. _ The keen visions of these birds are not slow in discerning through the gloomy recesses the Presfmce of danger-Should llothing of an alarming character manifest itself, a short parley ensues, and business is resumed, but not with the same earnestness and a--pparent lack of care as before. Greater caution is observ-"A.-B'--_-nr__..--__.-n---immediately strike for the cover, either on foot, or by means of flight. The latter method is only adopted in extreme cases, when the other course would be attended by disaster and probable ruin. In the exercise of their cursorial powers, they move'with remarkable swiftness, as with head depressed, and tail expanded, they run for their lives. A pile of brushwood, or an impenetrable jungle, when near, is rendered subservient. There they manage to conceal themselves for a time, and thus recover breath. If closely pursued, and...show more

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  • Paperback | 100 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 195g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236755200
  • 9781236755209