Wild Life of Scotland

Paperback | February 5, 2012

byJames Hunter Crawford

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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. 1896. Excerpt: ... WILD LIFE OF SCOTLAND i SPRING BIRD LIFE CjPRING awakens under the eaves, whence, in the dark mornings, conies a twittering, like the stirrings of a household from sleep. A knowing and familiar whistle tells that the starlings are back again; and a succession of guttural sounds, repeated as fast as they are able, seem to say that they are just about to begin. The starling, being a mimic by nature, it is easy to assign many of his notes to their proper owner. When it is just getting light at seven o'clock, the voice of the missel-thrush breaks in upon our waking sense, with the pleasant tale that the season of waiting is past. He is called storm-cock, because the song fills up the intervals of the early spring gales. Less varied, and more interrupted than that of the mavis: less melodious than that of the blackbird, the song is still sufficiently thrushlike to be easily recognised as belonging to that musical family, and sufficiently early to be welcome, and delightful. While, in England this is a familiar garden bird, building carelessly in bushes and shrubbery; in Scotland he is one of our wildest wood birds, choosing, with unerring instinct, the most difficult trees to climb. The last nest I saw was on an oak sapling, drawn out to portentous length and thinness, in its endeavour to reach the upper light and air; and with a nasty elbow about the middle, round which it was well-nigh impossible to wriggle. I could not help thinking that the builder saw the strategic advantage of that bend in his contest of cunning with the schoolboy. There is nothing more marked in the bird life of Scotland than the rapid increase of this form. Already, there are signs that he is overflowing from the wilds into the neighbourhood of houses; and, in some places, his song co...

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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. 1896. Excerpt: ... WILD LIFE OF SCOTLAND i SPRING BIRD LIFE CjPRING awakens under the eaves, whence, in the dark mornings, conies a twittering, ...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:52 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.11 inPublished:February 5, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217907008

ISBN - 13:9780217907002

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