The Western Ornithologist Volume 1-4

The Western Ornithologist Volume 1-4

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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. 1895 edition. Excerpt: ...insects appeared to me to be the images of large borers that are found in oak timber, this being in a patch that had been grubbed down and the trees left and not worked up. This species arrives here in the last week of October or first week of November and remains until about the middle of March. I find by a comparison of my notes for the past seven years that the earliest it was seen was Oct. 23, 1890, and the latest was noted Nov. 9, 1895. The latest seen in spring for the seven years was April 3, 1891, which is about the. ti me that the White-ruinped Shrike arrives from the south. The two species are often confounded as one and go by the name of Butcher bird. bath having the habit of hanging their prey on thorns. I will give two extracts from my note book as follows: December 11, 1892.--This morning I surprised two Northern Shrikes fighting over the body of a Tree Sparrow which one of them had killed and hung on a thorn at the bottom of a hedge, six inches from the ground. They were making quite a rdw and seemed in dead earnest. The sparrow had its brains, and part of the entrails eaten. Having a gun I stopped the fight by killing one of the combatants. November' 26, 1895.--Was driving through a small piece of woods when my attention was attracted by a Tree Sparrow flying close to my face followed by a Shrike. Wishing to see if the Shrike was successful, I stopped to watch. The sparrow tried to get away from its pursuer by dodging around in the brush but. (to make a long story short) it was of no use, and the Shrike finally caught him behind a pile of wood, and carried it to an open space where he laid his victim down and hovering above it watched until the sparrow tried to escape when he would seize it and after giving it a few...show more

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  • Paperback | 110 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 213g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236769376
  • 9781236769374