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Animal Memoirs (Volume 2) (Paperback): Samuel Lockwood
Animal Memoirs (Volume 2) (Paperback): Samuel Lockwood

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Animal Memoirs (Volume 2) (Paperback)

Samuel Lockwood

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Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million-books.com where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: CHAPTER III. THE MIGRATION OF BIRDS. j]HE general movement of the birds in autumn leaving their summer home for the winter of another clime, and known as migration, is also a habit of many of the finny tribes. The old fishermen on the Delaware called the snipe the shad- bird, because "southerly winds and a hazy sky," they said, brought both bird and fish. In both these classes, however, are species which do not migrate, but stay at or near the old home the year round. I cannot think with some, who have written quite ably on this theme, that, given a look-out sufficiently high to take in the trending of the mountains, or the course of the rivers, and the bird will have all it needs to know of its migration journey. Nor do I regard this faculty in birds of-passage as simply instinct, but an endowment only feebly possessed by man; though, with his scientific instruments, he extorts many secrets of the skies. It appears to me that birds of passage are observers of influences, or impressions, as well as inspectors of direction. Assuredly the sense of locality and direction must be strong, yet 1 think that they are better meteorologists than surveyors. If we could question the bird mind for its motives, it would be easier to feel our way. The sportsman will say he has seen snipes probing the mud of the marsh for worms on a mild day, at the breaking of the winter. Then a snow-storm has come, driving the poor birds into any covert near by, where they will shiver and almost starve. But, may not this be simply losing one's head over the fullness of the banquet, and " the keen demands of appetite." The giddy bird has been feasting well, and heeded not the signs. In Australia the kangaroos know when the grass famine is near; and Nature has furnished the animal with an equipm...


Imprint: General Books LLC
Country of origin: United States
Release date: 2012
First published: 2012
Authors: Samuel Lockwood
Dimensions: 246 x 189 x 5mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback - Trade
Pages: 94
ISBN-13: 978-0-217-67774-5
Barcode: 9780217677745
Categories: Books
LSN: 0-217-67774-6

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