A Book on Birds

Paperback | May 20, 2014

byAugustus Wight Bomberger

not yet rated|write a review
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. 1912 edition. Excerpt: ... Chapter III BIRD NOTES AND THEIR VALUE 'WO Robins, engaged in nest-build ing directly across the way from my home, have started me to thinking about bird notes this morning. The leaves everywhere have but just emerged and are still little more than a delicate mist of green over the trees. Yet a spell of exceptionally warm weather, following close upon a snow-storm and lasting a fortnight, seems to have developed certain native proclivities in these two with such unusual rapidity that they have gotten ahead of the foliage; and, unable to wait for its privacy and shelter, have begun work on their home in the topmost fork of the unadorned branches of a maple, where every detail of their proceedings is quite open to the public gaze. However, as I have indicated, it is not so much what they do that engrosses my attention just now, as the wonderful amount of melodious noise with which they enliven their labors. Some of it, without any doubt, is simply music. But much more appears to have definite meaning and purpose beyond this. As I listen I count seven distinct strains or sets of notes which they use repeatedly; and these, furthermore, are marked by many minor inflections and variations, all plainly forming the medium through which they communicate the one with the other. It must be admitted, of course, that it is all a very crude sort of language; nevertheless it seems entirely sufficient to enable them to get along quite smoothly, delightfully, and with a perfect understanding of what each is to do, as they put together their rough, though strongly constructed habitation of mud and hay. Moreover, I know well, from a long acquaintance with the species, that the warbling conversation of this pair constitutes only part of the general fund of...

Pricing and Purchase Info

$19.50

Out of stock online

From the Publisher

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. 1912 edition. Excerpt: ... Chapter III BIRD NOTES AND THEIR VALUE 'WO Robins, engaged in nest-build ing directly across the way from my h...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:108 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.22 inPublished:May 20, 2014Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217147690

ISBN - 13:9780217147699

Look for similar items by category:

Customer Reviews of A Book on Birds

Reviews