A History of the Earth, and Animated Nature, Том 4

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Сторінка 71 - Upon these was a layer of rushes, and over them a layer of heath, and upon the heath rushes again ; upon which lay one young one, and an addle egg ; and by them a lamb, a hare, and three heath-poults. The nest was about two yards square, and had no hollow in it.
Сторінка 280 - The time of incubation continues twelve days ; at the end of which the young ones appear, much about the size of a bluebottle fly. They are at first bare ; by degrees they are covered with down ; and, at last, feathers succeed, but less beautiful at first than those of the old ones.
Сторінка 145 - See! from the brake the whirring pheasant springs, And mounts exulting on triumphant wings: Short is his joy; he feels the fiery wound, Flutters in blood, and panting beats the ground. Ah! what avail his glossy, varying dyes, His purple crest, and scarlet-circled eyes, The vivid green his shining plumes unfold, His painted wings, and breast that flames with gold?
Сторінка 20 - With what caution does the hen provide herself a nest in places unfrequented, and free from noise and disturbance ! when she has laid her eggs in such a manner that she can cover them, what care does she take in turning them frequently, that all parts may partake of the vital warmth ! when she leaves them, to provide for her necessary sustenance, how punctually does she return...
Сторінка 280 - There are never more than two eggs found in the nest; these are about the size of small peas, and as white as snow, with here and there a yellow speck. The male and the female sit upon the nest by turns ; but the female takes to herself the greatest share. She seldom quits the nest, except a few minutes in the morning and evening when the dew is upon the flowers, and their honey in perfection. During this short interval the male takes her place. The time of incubation continues twelve days ; at the...
Сторінка 21 - Glimmerings of Thought or common Sense. She mistakes a Piece of Chalk for an Egg, and sits upon it in the same manner : She is insensible of any Increase or Diminution in the Number of those she lays : She does not distinguish between her own and those of another Species; and when the Birth appears of never so different a Bird, will cherish it for her own.
Сторінка 316 - It is impossible for words to give those who have not heard this evening-call an adequate idea of its solemnity. It is like the interrupted bellowing of a bull, but hollower and louder, and is heard at a mile's distance, as if issuing from some formidable being that resided at the bottom of the waters.
Сторінка 90 - Edward III, it was made felony to steal a hawk ; to take its eggs, even in a person's own ground, was punishable with imprisonment for a year and a day, besides a...
Сторінка 209 - ... of the nest till it reached the top, where, resting for a moment, it threw off its load with a jerk, and quite disengaged it from the nest.
Сторінка 20 - Animals in their generation are wiser than the sons of men ; but their wisdom is confined to a few particulars, and lies in a very narrow compass. Take a brute out of his instinct, and you find him wholly deprived of understanding.

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