A History of British Birds Volume 3

9781235824111: A History of British Birds Volume 3

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: ... REDBREAST. YK HOBI GOCH. BRON GOCH, IN ANCIENT BRITISH. ROBIN. ROBIN REDBREAST. RUDDOCK. ROBINET. Sylvia rubecula, Pennant. Fleming. Motacilla rubecula, Montagu. Bewick. Erythaca rubecula, Selby. Gould. Sylvia. Sylva--A wood. Rubecula. Ruber--Red--ruddy. THE thoughts of our earliest days are those, each one of which, 'ffire perennius,' abides with us through life, while those of later years pass away, oftentimes like a shadow without recall. Who then is there in whose oldest memory the legendary tale of the 'Babes in the Wood' does not for ever dwell; and who is there in remembrance of it that with the Robin's so-called faults will not 'love him still?' Faults he certainly has, or at least dispositions which would be such in us; but he fulfils to the letter the mission of his nature, and that is what 'no man living' can say of himself. An inhabitant of the wildest wood and the gayest garden, the most frequented road, and the most retired lane, the edge of the pasture field, and the neighbourhood of every country-house, the Robin is an acquaintance of both old and young, and to each and all he seems like an old friend. As you walk along the hedgerow side at almost any season of the year, it may be 'nescio quid meditans nugarum,' your wandering thought is for a moment arrested by the sight of a red breast perched on one of the topmost sprays, or by the sound of the pretty note that its owner warbles before you: you cannot help but stop a moment and speak a word to the well-known bird, as if to an old companion, and you almost fancy from his winsome attitude, the attention he seems to pay, and the quietness with which he remains, that he understands, if not your language, yet the purport of it, and is aware that you are a friend who will not hurt or harm him. ...

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