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L O N DO N :
B I C K E R S A N D S ON,
1, LEICESTER SQUARE.
1875.

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chiswick PREss:—PRINTED BY whittinghAM AND wilkins, Tooks COURT, CHANCERY LANE.

PREFACE.

OR those who reside in the country and have both leisure and inclination to observe the movements and habits of birds, there is not a more entertaining occupation than that of noting the earliest arrival of the migratory species, the haunts which they select, and the wonderful diversity which they exhibit in their actions, nidification, and song. There is something almost mysterious in the way in which numbers of these small and delicately formed birds are found scattered in one day over a parish where on the previous day not one was to be seen ; and the manner of their arrival is scarcely more remarkable than the regularity with which they annually make their appearance. That most of them reach this country after

long and protracted flights, crossing the Medi

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