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. 1891 Excerpt: ...not only frequent it in winter, but breed there in summer, --such as lapwings, snipes, wild ducks, and as I have discovered within these ...Read MoreThis 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. 1891 Excerpt: ...not only frequent it in winter, but breed there in summer, --such as lapwings, snipes, wild ducks, and as I have discovered within these last few years, teals." During a spring walk in the forest, it was the writer's fortune to find the nest of every bird which White mentions as breeding there, except that of the black grouse, which, though introduced for a time, has become nearly as rare as in his days. At the northern end of the forest, near Walldon Hill, is a marsh, not a mere swamp in the peats, but such a marsh as hunted outlaws may have sheltered in, over which the flame of the will-o'-the-wisp may still dance on summer nights; a wide sheet of black water, with dead, white limbs of drowned trees standing out from it, and winding labyrinths of dwarf alders covered with wet mosses and hanging lichens, and mats of bright green grass so firmly tangled that a boy can walk on them, and outside these quaking platforms thick beds of reed. This is the home and nursery of the wild fowl of the forest, where duck and teal, dabchicks and waterhens, bring up their young broods till the helpless time of flapperhood is over. But the ducks and teal do not nest in the marsh; and we found White's observations exactly true, the teals nesting at a considerable distance from the water, and the wild ducks in some of the furthest and driest parts of the forest. About a hun dred yards from the marsh was a teal's nest. She had hatched her young the day before, but two eggs remained, of a pale ivory color, and the nest, which was placed in deep heather under a seedling fir, was beautifully made of moss and speckled down from the birds' breasts, which exactly matched in color the lichen-covered heather. Had we risen at daybreak, we might perhaps have met the bird taking her ...Read Less
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