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Title: The birds of Berwickshire; with remarks on their local distribution migration, and habits, and also on the folk-lore, proverbs, popular rhymes and sayings connected with them
Year: 1889 (1880s)
Authors: Muirhead, George
Publisher: Edinburgh, David Douglas
Contributing Library: Smithsonian Libraries
Digitizing Sponsor: Smithsonian Libraries
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vol. viii. p. 538. 2 Mr. A. Kelly, On some of the Birds of Lauderdale.—Hist. Ber. Nat.Cliih, vol. vii. pp. 305, 306. 3 Hist. Ber. Nat. Club, vol. ix, p. 407. 320 THE LITTLE GEEBE OE DABCHICK. The Little Grebe is seldom seen on the wing, and itsawkward gait on land is thus alluded to by Pope:— As when a dab-chick waddles through the copseOn feet and wings, and flies, and wades, and hops. The nest, which is rather large and flat, is composed ofaquatic plants, and is generally placed amongst reeds, rushes,or other coarse herbage with little attempt at concealment;the eggs, which are from four to six in number, are whitewhen first laid. They soon, however, become stained, andof a dirty yellow colour, for the bird generally covers theeggs with decaying water weeds on leaving the nest. The food of this species, which it mostly obtains underthe surface of the water, consists of small fishes and aquaticinsects of various kinds. Quantities of feathers are fre-quently found in its stomach.
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TUBINARES. ( 321 ) PROCELLARIIDM. THE STOHM PETREL. MOTHER CAREYS CHICKEN, STORMY PETREL, LITTLE PETREL, STORM FINCH, WITCH OR WATER WITCH, MITTY, SPENEY, SEA SWALLOW. Procellaria pelagica.%\}z »>tormp i^etcel, %\)z a^otljcr of Carcp C!)ickem Oer the deep ! der the deep ! Where the whale, and the shark, and the swordfish sleep ! Ozdjlying the blast and the driving rain, The Petrel i telleth her tale in vain I For the marifier curseth the way-ning bird, Who bringeth him news of the storm unheard, B. Cornwall. The Eev. John Turnbull of Eyemouth mentions that inparticular states of the weather this bird is seen at no greatdistance from the coast; ^ and Mr. Hardy notes that it wasseen at Coldingham Shore on the 7th of January 1861. It is sometimes driven inland during very stormyweather, and as instances of this it may be mentionedthat the occurrence of a specimen at Oxton, six milesnorth from Lauder, is recorded by Mr. Kelly,^ and another,which was got at Cranshaws, in the Lammermuir
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