Charming 1929 anecdotes of a birdwatching naturalist in England.|
368 Printed Pages, many illustrations, indexed.
Out of print. No ISBN. "Uniform with this book: Exploring England" (Not met.)
CALL OF THE BIRDS
CHARLES S. BAYNE
With Illustrations by
MADE AND PRINTED IN GREAT BRITAIN
BY WM. COLLINS SONS AND CO. LTD.
LONDON AND GLASGOW
FIRST PUBLISHED, 1929
REVISED, 1945. REPRINTED, 1946.
CHAPTER FIVE (pp104)
If you happen to live near a rookery you cannot help knowing when March has come, for, at the beginning of that month the rooks become fussy and noisy over the choosing and building of their nests. Year after year the old nests are used again, and if the birds that owned them last year have not survived the winter, others will seize them. Then there are quarrels and fights, for more than one new couple are sure to want each free nest. It may be that they are lazy about building new nests, or that they know that the old nests are on the best and safest sites (which is very likely, because founders of the colony would be careful to choose the most suitable forks for their cradles), or that they feel that it is important to win the homes of their great ancestors. But, in any case, the possession of the old nests is always settled before any new ones are begun. Sometime a pair will pull an old nest to pieces and build another in its place. Presumably they have found that the winter storms have so loosened the structure that it would be a waste of time to repair it, or at any rate that it would be safer to rebuild it. That they are able to reach such a conclusion suggests that they can apply reason to the solution of a problem and communicate their ideas on the subject, one to another. They have not only to decide to rebuild, but also to agree not to adopt the simpler plan of constructing a new nest on a fresh site.
CHAPTER FIVE cont. (Extracts from pp128-129)
[on nest linings]
There is not a wide difference between a rook and a carrion crow, yet if you were to find a solitary rook's nest and a carrion crow's on neighbouring trees, you could at once tell which was which by the lining. The rook's nest is lined with rootlets and the crow's with rabbit's fur. [snip]