The Swan and Her Crew, or the Adventures of Three Young Naturalists on the Broads and Rivers of Norfolk
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. 1876 edition. Excerpt: ...Brett's cottage they saw the old lady beckoning to them. When they went to her she explained that she wanted them to aid her swallows. A pair of housemartins were flying about their nest in the eaves, uttering cries of distress. "What is the matter? Have the sparrows taken, possession of it?" said Frank. "No, dear, but it seems breaking away from the wall. There are young ones in it, and I suppose the old birds did not make it strong enough to hold their weight. I am afraid it will fall down every minute." The boys undertook to put matters right, and with the aid of a, ladder they climbed up to the nest, and with a hammer and nails they nailed up the nest in a broad piece of flannel. While they were engaged in doing this, the martins ceased their.cries, as if they knew that a friendly act was being done for them; and when the boys left the nest the birds returned to it, and by their busy twitterings and short excited flights seemed to wish to express their gratitude. Leaving the cottage, they went for a long aimless ramble through the fields and woods, trespassing with impunity, for they were we'll known everywhere, and visiting every hedgerow and copse on the lookout for nests. House-martin. They came to a field round which there were hedges unusually high and thick for Norfolk, which is a county of trim hedges and clean farming. Almost the first nest they came to was that of a siskin. The old birds to which it belonged were hopping about the hedge. They were pretty lemon-coloured birds with a black patch on their head's and black on their wings. The boys watched them for some time, in order to make sure that they were indeed the siskin, for they are so very rare, especially during the breeding season, that very few...
- 189 x 246 x 5mm | 172g
- 13 Sep 2013
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