Alaskan Bird-life as Depicted by Many Writers

Paperback | July 8, 2012

byNational Audubon Society

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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. 1914 edition. Excerpt: ...by the tundra-mice which gathered about the buildings at this time. One October a great horned owl used our wood-pile as a lookout station for several successive evenings. As winter set in occasional parties of black-capped titmice appeared for a day or two, and less often a few Hudsonian titmice. Both spent their time busily climbing about the walls of the old log-houses, or examining the weed-patches nearby, all the time cheerily uttering their familiar dee-dee-dee; but at last hurrying away as if without a moment to spare. Then followed long blanks broken only by a stray party of redpolls from the interior, or, as happened a few times, by the visit of a ptarmigan, which would perch on the roof of the warehouse, look with startled surprise at the men and dogs below, and then precipitately depart. Thus the bird-year went round at this barren place by the shore of Bering Sea, and gave evidence that in the remotest spots some of these companionable and interesting habitants are always to be found, ready to enliven the solitude for whomsoever has eyes to see and sympathy to appreciate them. Spring and Summer on the Tundras When the snow leaves the marshy tundras--those extensive frozen barrens fringing the Alaskan coast of Bering Sea--they become alive with a winged host wonderful in its numbers and variety. The last days of May and the first week of June are notable for their clear and pleasant days, during which the busy life of the feathered residents goes rapidly on toward its culmination in nest-building. Occasional short storms occur at this season; and I was much interested to note that the assembled water-fowl had to some extent the power of recognizing the approaching storms as sensitively as the barometer. The evening before the onset of...

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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. 1914 edition. Excerpt: ...by the tundra-mice which gathered about the buildings at this time. One October a great horned owl used our wood-pile a...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:30 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.06 inPublished:July 8, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217770681

ISBN - 13:9780217770682

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