On the Bird's Highway

On the Bird's Highway

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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. 1899 edition. Excerpt: ...above the water from one to fifteen feet high, and from one of the lowest of these a kingbird flew while his mate scolded and hovered above the boat. Paddling up, I was taken aback to find in the crotch of the stub, but a foot above water, their nest and in it three blotched eggs. As I left them to their lighthouse home I wished them well, but if they had left the land for safety I had misgivings whether their offspring would ever reach terra firma, for their first flight would have to be over fifty yards. A wild venture for a young king. A kingfisher seemed to agree with me as he flew over. On the morning of July nineteenth I started on a seven-mile drive to the summit of Wachusett. The sky was overhung with dark rain-clouds as the horse trotted over the pond bridges leaving the farm. The roadside was gay with summer flowers; fire-weed, wood lilies, meadowsweet and steeple-bush caught the eye. Swallows circled about the old farms, cedar birds whined in the orchards and indigo birds sang incessantly from the young birches. Many vesper sparrows ran along the walls or sprang from under the horse's feet. Two wood-pewees inhabited a piece of burnt ground by the roadside and a mourning dove, a little farther on, lit for an instant in a dead apple-tree as I passed. The last hill was finally reached before taking the mountain road. Off in the valley lay between wooded shores Lake Wachusett, leaden under the gray clouds. Rounding a sharp turn in the road I began to ascend the mountain's timbered sides. Wild raspberry was in bloom all along the zigzag path. Robins flew out over the valley. A scarlet tanager and a red-eye were singing near timber line as, turning the last curve, the summit and the mountain house were reached. Two towhees sang continually...show more

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  • Paperback | 26 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 1mm | 68g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236664639
  • 9781236664631