Western Bird Guide; Birds of the Rockies and West to the Pacific

Western Bird Guide; Birds of the Rockies and West to the Pacific

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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. 1920 edition. Excerpt: ... at a long distance, a few rapid wing beats, then a short sail, alternately. Their food consists of grasshoppers, mice and an occasional small bird. Nest.--Is built in the cavity of some tree, either in the woods or open field. The eggs are placed on the decayed wood without any lining. AUDUBON CARACARA. 362. Polyborus cheriway. 22 inches. A strongly marked bird; black wings, back and underpays with neck pure white, excepting on the lower part, with many short bar-like markings. Upper part of head black, with feathers elongated, making a slight crest. Nest.--Is a bulky affair, shabbily built of sticks, weeds and grass, piled into a promiscuous heap, generally located in bushes or low trees. Two or three eggs; brownish buff, with spots and patches of shades of brown nearly covering the under color. They vary very much in the coloration and markings from light to dark. Range.--Southern borders of the United States. AMERICAN OSPREY; FISH HAWK. 364. Pandion halicetus carolinensis. 23 inches. Probably no fisherman in the United States is so well known as is this bird. It is one of the pleasantest sights along the coast to watch a number of these great birds as they soar at an elevation above the water, watching for a fish to come near the surface, when, with folded wings, the bird speeds downward and plunges into the water, rarely missing his prey. Three or four creamy white eggs, with spots of brown of different shades (2.40x1.80). SHORT-EARED OWL. 367. Asio flammcus. 16 inches. About the same size as the preceding, but readily identified from it by the short ear tufts and rounded head, and %, f also lighter color. It is streaked on under parts and not barred. Tail is barred. Their flight is perfectly silent, which aids them H in securing..show more

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  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 68g
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  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236902696
  • 9781236902696