The Outline of Science; A Plain Story Simply Told Volume 2

The Outline of Science; A Plain Story Simply Told Volume 2

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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. 1922 edition. Excerpt: ...from the sea-coast and estuaries where they may be found in winter searching for small fishes or other food cast up by the tide. In days of old their eggs were prized as food, and even the young were taken, but the modern palate does not set so much value on them. The movements inland are made with great regularity, the birds appearing at one gull-pond, of which we know, about March 27, scarcely ever a day before or a day later. They raise their young while the Corncrake is singing its mournful and monotonous ditty in the new grass and the growing wheat. A hill country attracts them because of the little streamlets which provide plenty of food. They know as well as the angler does that the trout lie with their heads up-stream, waiting for any little titbit in the shape of a worm or fly which the water brings down. When the Gulls are fishing, one can watch them beating their way up past a succession of gravelly shells into which they occasionally dip for prey. When they come to the end of the beat, they fly back round the shoulder of the hill out of sight of the stream and resume operations where they started before. Birds of the Moorland There is no prettier adjunct to a moorland, or a bare field, than a flock of Lapwings. They fly together and alight together in Autumn and Winter when not breeding, but in nesting-time they go in pairs, though usually there are dozens and sometimes hundreds in the same field. The bird is a simple creature in so far that its nest is little more than a slight hollow on the bare earth. In Spring they can be seen sitting on their eggs without making the slightest attempt at concealment, so that the individual who goes out to collect their eggs need only march up to a sitting bird, but if it rises he must keep...show more

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  • Paperback | 94 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 181g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236830016
  • 9781236830012