The Writings of Henry David Thoreau Volume 19

The Writings of Henry David Thoreau Volume 19

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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. 1906 edition. Excerpt: ...they be. know not these active and vigorous wild fowl (the sheldrakes) pursuing their finny prey ceaselessly within a mile of them, in March and April. Probably from the hen-yard fence with a good glass you can see them at it. They are as much at home on the water as the pickerel is within it. Their serrated bill reminds me of a pickerel's snout. You see a long row of these schooners, black above with a white stripe beneath, rapidly gliding along, and occasionally one rises erect on the surface and flaps its wings, showing its white lower parts. They are the duck most common and most identified with the stream at this season. They appear to get their food wholly within the water. Less like our domestic ducks. I saw two red squirrels in an apple tree, which were rather small, had simply the tops of their backs red and the sides and beneath gray! Fox-colored sparrows go flitting past with a faint, sharp chip, amid some oaks. According to a table in the "American Almanac " for '49, page 84, made at Cambridge, from May, '47, to May, '48, . the monthly mean force of the wind for the twelve months (I putting January, February, March, and April, '48, before May, etc., of '47), numbering them 1, 2, 3, etc., from the highest force downward, Was--1860 METEOROLOGICAL NOTES 215 1848 1847 Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May June July Aug. Sept. Oct. Nov. Dec. 6 5 3 3 3 2 1 4 4 6 5 4 For quantity of clouds, they stood--4 9 7 10 7 5 8 6 8 11 Z 1 That is, for force of wind, March, April, and May were equal, and were inferior to July and June; for quantity of clouds March and May were equal, and were preceded by December, November, September, J anuary, June, and August. For depth of rain, September stood first, and March...
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  • Paperback | 108 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 209g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236933575
  • 9781236933577