An Introduction to the Birds of Great Britain

author, 1873 - 149 páginas

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Página 2 - It was the lark, the herald of the morn, No nightingale : look, love, what envious streaks Do lace the severing clouds in yonder east : Night's candles are burnt out, and jocund day Stands tiptoe on the misty mountain tops.
Página 3 - Yea, the stork in the heaven knoweth her appointed times ; and the turtle, and the crane, and the swallow, observe the time of their coming; but my people know not the judgment of the LORD.
Página 2 - The ouzel shrills, the ruddock warbles soft, So goodly all agree with sweet consent, To this day's merriment. Ah! my dear love, why do ye sleep thus long, When meeter were that ye should now awake, T* await the coming of your joyous make, And hearken to the birds' love-learned song, The dewy leaves among?
Página 90 - ... the Pipit from its back on to the edge. It then stood quite upright on its legs, which were straddled wide apart, with the claws firmly fixed half-way down the inside of the nest among the interlacing fibres of which the nest was woven; and, stretching its wings apart and backwards, it elbowed the pipit fairly over the margin so far that its struggles took it down the bank instead of back into the nest.
Página 26 - The mechanical principle, or law, as is well known, is this, — that a very small amount of motion, or motion through a very small space, at the short end of a lever produces a great amount of motion, or motion through a long space, at the opposite or longer end. This action requires indeed a very intense force to be applied at the shorter end, but it applies that force with immense advantage for the purpose in view : because the motion which is transmitted to the end of a long wing is a motion...
Página 90 - Pipit's eggs besides that of the Cuckoo. It was below a heather bush, on the declivity of a low abrupt bank on a Highland hillside in Moidart. " At one visit the Pipits were found to be hatched, but not the Cuckoo. At the next visit, which was after an interval of forty-eight hours, we found the young Cuckoo alone in the nest, and both the young Pipits lying down the bank, about ten inches from the margin of the nest, but quite lively after being warmed in the hand. They were replaced in the nest...
Página 2 - The busy larke, messager of daye, Salueth in hire song the morwe gray ; And fyry Phebus ryseth up so bright, That al the orient laugheth of the light, And with his stremes dryeth in the greves The silver dropes, hongyng on the leeves.
Página 91 - The pipits (in whose nest the young cuckoo was parasitic) had welldeveloped quills on the wings and back, and had bright eyes partially open ; yet they seemed quite helpless under the manipulations of the cuckoo, which looked a much less developed -creature. The cuckoo's legs, however, seemed very muscular, and it appeared to feel about with its wings, which were absolutely featherless, as with hands — the 'spurious wing" (unusually large in proportion) looking like a spread-out thumb.
Página 6 - Northumbrian coast; many of these so fatigued by the length of their flight, or perhaps by the unfavourable shift of wind, as to be unable to rise again from the ground, and great numbers were in consequence caught or destroyed. This flight must have been immense in quantity, as its extent was traced through the whole length of the coasts of Northumberland and Durham. There appears little doubt of this having been a migration from the more northern provinces of Europe (probably furnished by the pine...
Página 91 - But what struck me most was this : the cuckoo was perfectly naked, without a vestige of a feather or even a hint of future feathers ; its eyes were not yet opened, and its neck seemed too weak to support the weight of its head.

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