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1868 edition. Excerpt: ... tion with one of the porters about them.
On my saying I supposed that the boys robbed a good many of the
nests, --he answered " Oh Sir, they would if they were allowed, but
the birds are such good friends to us, that we won't let any body
meddle with them." I fancied at first that he spoke of them as
friends, in the way of company only, but he explained his meaning
to be, that the flies about the station would be quite intolerable
if they were not cleaned off by the Martins, which are always
hawking up and down in front of it, adding, that even during the
few hot days which occurred in spring before their arrival, the
flies were very troublesome. "Now," he said, ' we may now and then
see one, but that is all." The Eagle Owl is rarely met with in
Great Britain; it builds its nest in the caverns or rocks, in
mountainous and almost inaccessible places. The nest, which is
nearly three feet in diameter, is built of sticks, bound together
with fibrous roots and lined with leaves. The bird lays two eggs
somewhat larger than those of the hen, and mottled like itself with
brown, yellow, and black; it feeds upon hares, rabbits, rats, mice,
and reptiles of various kinds. Stanley mentions, in his History of
Birds, a proof of their voracity, witnessed by a Swedish gentleman,
who resided several years on a farm, near a steep mountain, on the
summit of which a pair of Eagle Owls had built their nests. One
day, in the month of July, a young bird having quitted the nest,
was caught by the servants. The bird was, considering the season of
the year, well feathered, but the down appeared here and there
between those feathers which had not yet attained their full
growth; after it was caught, it was shut in a large hen coop; to
his surprise on the following morning, a...
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