Coloured figures of the eggs of British birds; with descriptive notices

9781232386797: Coloured figures of the eggs of British birds; with descriptive notices

This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1896 Excerpt: ... south as the valley of the Danube and the Kirghis Steppes, and as far east as the Taimur Peninsula and West Dauria, whence it reaches to, and probably breeds in, the upper valley of the Amoor. The nest is on the ground, in the middle of a swamp, where you have to splash through the water amongst rushes, sedge, and coarse grass, in the midst of a clump of which a depression is found, and roughly lined with dead grass and sedge. The nest is very difficult to find, but the bird sits close, and reveals her treasures as she flies away. The eggs, in a full clutch, are always four in number, and somewhat similar to those of the Great Snipe; indeed some of them are absolutely indistinguishable from eggs of the latter bird; but, as a rule, they are smaller and greener. The ground-colour varies from an almost neutral pale grey to pale greenish-grey; the overlying spots are reddish-brown, and the underlying spots pale greyish-brown. The spots are not quite so bold as those on the eggs of the Great Snipe, but they are equal in size to those on most Sandpipers' eggs, and are occasionally confluent at the large end. The eggs vary in length from 1'8 to 16 inch, and in breadth from 13 to 115 inch. Machetes pugnax--Saunders, Manual, p. 585. Pavoncella pugnax--Sharpe, Handb., III., p, 271. THE COMMON SANDPIPER. (Totanus hypoleucus.) Plate 43, Figs. 1, 3. The Common Sandpiper is a well-known summer visitor to the British Islands. It breeds throughout Scandinavia, but in North Russia and Siberia it is not found north of the Arctic circle. It nests in suitable localities throughout Europe, and in Asia as far south as Turkestan (and possibly Persia), Cashmere, China, and Japan. The nest is very simple, a little hollow scratched in the ground, and lined with a few bits of dry gr...

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