The Taxidermist Volume 1

The Taxidermist Volume 1

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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. 1891 edition. Excerpt: ... the air was filled with the not disagreeable odor of burning stalks. From across the fields the farmer's merry whistle, mingling with the voices of meadow Ilarks, reached our ears. Everything was suggestive of new life, these busy and happy hours of spring. Crossing at hrier field, which proved unprofitable ' collecting ground, we entered a net wood, a favorite nesting place of the cardinals. Aweek previous several nests had been located. To our surprise out of seven nests examined-four were found to be deserted. We were not long remaining in ignorance of the cause, and at one nest discovered the rascally blue jays at work. They were quite noisy and as they made no move to leave the vicinity, we hustled them off with clubs, and they disappeared in the forest uttering loud cries. In one nest an empty shell had been left, with a large hole in the side. The Cardinal (Car'dz'1z.z/is Cardinalis) is an early breeder and it is the writer's experience, to find in this locality that a majority of the early nests are placed in Cedar bushes. As an exception one nest was found in the crotch of a naked C and somewhat isolated sapling. We are led to believe that the nests are placed in the thick cedar, not because the birds like it better than other growth, but for protection and to elude observation, for later when trees are in full foliage, other situations, as briers, etc., are favored. It will not be out of place to remark here, that by examination of a great many nests, we have found that the eggs laid late in the season, are as a rule larger and more showily marked than those laid early. Leaving the cardinals, we tramped over some hills. Following a disused road, we saw to our left a large time-bleached stump, the remains of a once more

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  • Paperback | 58 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 122g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236981693
  • 9781236981691