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At all these birds we have now taken a peep.
We have found them in their proper haunts,
examined their skill as architects, and their
powers as musicians. We have inquired into
the nature of their food, the number and colour
of their eggs, and their mode of rearing their
young; any peculiar adaptation of structure to
habits or curious mode of living has been duly
noted; and, not content with studying them at
home, we have followed these delicate visitors
to foreign climes, and found them in their
It is hoped that the reader ere he closes this volume will have gleaned some little information that may be new to him concerning these most interesting families of small birds, whose fairy forms in summer time flit so continually before us, and whose presence or absence makes so great a difference to the naturalist in his enjoyment of a country walk.
BLACKCAP, page 44,310.
„ Yellow-billed, 29, 30.
Pipit, Red-throated, page 152.
„ Richard's, 142.
,, Rock, 130.
„ Tawny, 146.
„ Tree, 135, 318.
„ Water, 138.
„ Black, 78.
„ Common, 191, 305.
„ Spine-tailed, 203.
„ Grey-headed, 121.
„ Pied, 106.
„ Ray's orYello w, 117,319.
„ White, no.
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