The Ornithologist and Oologist; Birds

The Ornithologist and Oologist; Birds : Their Nests and Eggs Volume 15-16

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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. 1890 edition. Excerpt: ...eggs from one locality, would give us a few notes upon the recurrence of individual types in their eggs of liedshouldercd Hawks. J. M. ll'. No attempt has ever been made to describe in detail the wonderful variations to which eggs of the Red-shouldered Hawk (But: -0 lineatus) are subject. For many years the celebrated oiilogist "J. M. V." (Mr. (7. L. Rawson) has devoted much time to collecting fine series of eggs of this bird, and in obtaining desirable specimens he had of necessity to discard many sets which were nest stained and marked in a commonplace manner. lvery year, however, he was able to add several sets which were noticeable either for beauty of coloration, odd form, or some peculiarity. Keeping also a number of typical sets, in time, his collection of the eggs of this llawk became the finest and the most complete in the world. Some years ago he went over it with the greatest care and selected all the handsomcst, oddest, and most typical sets, and presented them to me in the most generous manner. Every year since he has sent me some more fine sets--the best of his takinguntil the series described below now contains fifty-eight sets of his collecting. 'l'hc remaining nineteen sets from other collectors were selected either to show geographical distribution or for their oddity or beauty. Taken as a whole the present series of eggs of this Hawk certainly is the largest, finest, and most complete in existence. Mr. liawsou has also kindly allowed me to use his field notes. Set I. May 2, I872. llensselaer, N. Y. ('ollected by J. H. lieatty. Nest in chestnut tree, forty-five feet up. Three eggs, fresh. Dull white; one of them marked at the smaller end with large spots of burnt umber; another is sprinkled...
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  • Paperback | 244 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 13mm | 440g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236794052
  • 9781236794055