The Birds of Manitoba

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U.S. Government Printing Office, 1891 - Birds - 187 pages
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Page 579 - I have been peculiarly fortunate, and each season spent on the prairies has intensified the admiration I felt for our bird; for, though indeed it will not compare with the skylark in continuity of inspiration, it is second to nothing else. In richness of voice and modulation it equals or excels both wood-thrush and nightingale, and in the power and beauty of its articulation it has no superior in the whole world of feathered choristers with which I am acquainted.
Page 458 - The last was with me during the latter part of the summer of 1883 ar:d again for a few days in the July of 1884. He was the first ornithologist of experience that I had ever met, and I have to thank him for correcting in me many wrong methods of study that naturally were born of my isolation. My thanks are due to Dr. JA Allen, of the American Museum of Natural History ; Prof. Robert Ridgway, of the Smithsonian Institution; and Dr. C. Hart...
Page 523 - Vigorous plants sprang from these seeds, and furnished well-matured fruits in the latter part of August and the early part of September.
Page 520 - During the summer the habits of the chickens are eminently terrestrial; they live, feed, and sleep almost exclusively on the ground; but the first snow makes a radical change. They now act more like a properly adapted perching bird, for they spend a large part of their time in the highest trees, flying from one to another and perching, biowsing, or walking about among the branches with perfect ease, and evidently at this time preferring an arboreal to a terrestrial life.
Page 510 - The wonderful non-conductivity of the snow is well known, but may be forcibly illustrated by the fact that although the thermometer registers 35 below zero, the 10 inches of snow which fell before the severe frost came, has effectually kept the wet earth in the woods from freezing, although the temperature has been at or below zero for over a week. In view of these facts it is easy to understand that the grouse in the snow drift are quite comfortable during the coldest nights. In general the bird...
Page 464 - ... themselves out of the water and flapping their wings, their white breasts glistening in the sun like silver. They are not timorous, but when alarmed they sink their bodies in the water, and if the object of their fear still presents itself they plunge head foremost and dive, and continue a long time under the water, often disappointing the expectations of their pursuers by reappearing in a different direction from that anticipated. They make their nests among the reeds, on the bent bulrushes...
Page 518 - ... summer. They are very shy at all times, but during the winter the comparatively heedless individuals have been so thoroughly weeded out by their numerous enemies that it requires no slight amount of stalking to get within range of a flock in the springtime. The advent of the grouse on the still snow-covered plains might prove premature, but that they find a good friend in the wild prairie rose (Rosa blanda). It is abundant everywhere, and the ruddy hips, unlike most fruits, do not fall when ripe,...
Page 577 - They sing all day, and at night joyously hail the moon. As their notes become more complicated, the most casual observer cannot fail to perceive "that the love-fires are kindling, and that each musician is striving to the utmost of his powers to surpass all rivals and win the lady lark of his choice.
Page 457 - Province to be so that the b jundaries thereof shall be as follows : commencing at the the intersection of the International boundary dividing Canada from the United States of America, by the centre line of the road allowance between the twentyninth and thirtieth ranges of townships lying west of the first principal meridian in the system of Dominion land surveys ; thence northerly following upon the said centre line of the said road allowance, as the same is or may hereafter be located, defining...
Page 498 - Winnipeg: rare; ouly two pairs killed, and under a dozen birds seen altogether in 4 years (Hine). I saw one specimen of the woodcock at York Factory, in the end of August last. This bird is not uncommon in Manitoba, although the fact is not generally known (Bell, 1880). Oak Point: 1885, first seen May 13; rare; one was shot (Small).

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