The Oologist; For the Student of Birds, Their Nests and Eggs Volume 11, Nos. 2-4

The Oologist; For the Student of Birds, Their Nests and Eggs Volume 11, Nos. 2-4

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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. 1894 edition. Excerpt: ...Passing the "woodpecker tree," I threw a stick at it for luck. It struck, and immediately the male Hairy left the nest. And as he flew to an oak tree near by, the notes he uttered seemed to be "quit, quit, quit, get-0utof-this, you've-'ad-enough!" But an "egg-crank" is hard to satisfy, and-soon there was another set of four Hairy Woodpecker's eggs in my collection. I did not get a chance to visit the Wood pecker again that year, and so do not know whether another set was laid or not. But I think that three sets from the same bird in one year is enough for most anyone. The following year on May 3. 1892, 1 was hunting for my Hairy again. The wind had blown over the nesting site of the previous year. However, in half an hour, the new site was found; it was in a five inch poplar, 15 feet from the ground, not a limb to stand on and no convenient sapling. A couple of feet above the hole, and on theopposite side of the tree, was the remains of a limb. I climbed up, hung my climbing strap over the limb, buckled it up and, sat in the loop thus formed while I examined the hole. It contained only one egg which I left. I did not see either of the birds this time. On May 14th, I was on the spot again. In response to my rap the female left the hole, and it seemed to me she recognized me and as she flew to a neighboring tree she seemed to say "you, you, you, here again?" I obtained a set of four, incubation about one-third. On May 28, I obtained a fresh set of four and did not go near her again that year. The following year I did not go out until the leaves were rather thigk on the trees. My bird was not to be found in her old haunts. But as I was going home she came to meet me from...show more

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  • Paperback | 54 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 113g
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  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236810236
  • 9781236810236