A Naturalist's Rambles About Home by Charles Conrad AbbottA Naturalist's Rambles About Home by Charles Conrad Abbott

A Naturalist's Rambles About Home

byCharles Conrad Abbott

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1884 edition. Excerpt: ...or man has a little of the duck about him." "Why so?" I asked in surprise, for Uz was not much given to voluntary philosophizing. " Because they are so cunning, and do so many things that we'd do in the same situation. Now, there's the green mallards. They will skulk in long, green grass, and keep their heads movin' with it, just so they can see you, but you'd never mistrust they were around. You don't sec a widgeon do the same thing. They'll pitch for some dead stuff, hay or rubbish, more their own color." " But ducks don't always have these chances," I protested, " and when there's nothing but water they've only an even chance." " That's very true when we're talking about the river, or some big lake; but I'm talkin' of ducks on these meadows. For something like fifty years I've shot over this tract, and don't know about any other but by hearsay; but if you want to know what I think of our meadow ducks, I'll tell you." " Well, Uz, I won't interrupt again, and I do want to hear all you've a mind to tell me." "Take 'em for all in all," Uz continued, "the sprig-tail is the shyest duck we have, and I've been outwitted more by them than any other duck; but, dear me! there ain't the ducks now there was when I was a yoimg man. I've seen a thousand at a glance on the lower meadows. Well, as to the sprig-tails, the last time I had a chance at a flock of 'em, worth speakin' of, was nigh on to ten years ago. A good fall fresh' covered all the meadows, except the high knolls, and I went down toward the Swan Island flood-gates on Orosswicks Creek. Not a duck came near the stools for well onto an hour, and I'd a mind to go somewhere else, when I happen to see a bunch of teal makin' right for me. I crouched down, and they came in easy shot, and I blazed away....
Title:A Naturalist's Rambles About HomeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:132 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.28 inPublished:July 9, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:021716076X

ISBN - 13:9780217160766

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