The Oologist Volume 17-24

The Oologist Volume 17-24

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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. 1900 edition. Excerpt: ...the fog is rolled up and swept away as though some Titanic scene shifter had pulled it up with invisible ropes, disclosing to our view a scene of great beauty and grandeur. The bay is about two miles in length, cut into the eternal hills that rise fir crowned and vast a thousand feet on either side Perfectly calm it reflects the hills and rocks as a mighty mirror, forming a scene of indescribable grandeur and beauty, a picture for an artist to limn upon canvass-, but none but a master. hand should desecrate a scene so beauti ful. But this is not birds. As we round the point we make out just ahead two birds swimming, that remind one strangely of iron-clad monitors so low do they sit in the water. Your glass is brought to bear and the birds both disappear to emerge from the water several hundred yards further in shore. This time you have plenty of time to inspect them and the pointed bill and feather markings say "Western Grebe." We run in as close as possible and moor the "Lady getting out the row boat for a push among the rushes that skirt the shore. We startle thousands of Red-wing Blackbirds and Long-billed Marsh Wrens that circle above us with their startled cries. Hold? Back water. There is something right under our bow that looks like a mass of dried grass and tules but to the trained eye looks suspiciously like a nest, though if so, it is cunningly covered up. Pushing alongside it and lifting ofl the top layer we find concealed three eggs, that were they not stained with the rotting vegetation would be blueish greenbut the staining renders them a dirty yellow. So we have made a good beginning. In fact, we have begun at the start. This is the nest of No., 1. of the A. O. U. check list, the Western Grebe that we saw...
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  • Paperback | 338 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 18mm | 603g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236843878
  • 9781236843876