Title: Bird lore
Year: 1899 (1890s)
Authors: National Committee of the Audubon Societies of America National Association of Audubon Societies for the Protection of Wild Birds and Animals National Audubon Society
Subjects: Birds Birds Ornithology
Publisher: New York City : Macmillan Co.
Contributing Library: Smithsonian Libraries
Digitizing Sponsor: Biodiversity Heritage Library
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ded bya different song, apparently proceeding from the ground, and some birds evi-dently but just separated from me by the side of my tent. Crawling on hands 244 Bird-Lore and knees with the utmost care, I was unable to see the birds in the act ofsinging, although I could just make them out as they rose from the ground.The song, while of a similar tone, was absolutely different from the earlyevening,—softer, somewhat liquid, and was nearly continuous. I judge it wasuttered at the mouth of the nesting burrow. The cool night air of the oceansoon drove me again to my blankets, where I slept till the reddening dawnbrought the first note of a stirring Tern. But the Petrels were gone, and theislands given over again to the legions of the day. The belief is current amongthe island residents who live near the Petrels breeding-grounds that the youngbirds stay in the ground all winter; and one informant stated to me that hehad dug out young in the downy state in November. However that may be,
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A PETREL-HUNTING DOG they undoubtedly breed late, as eggs were fresh as found near the middle of July. In walking over the grass-land of the island, it is almost impossible in manyplaces to step at all without treading into the entrances of the burrows of thePetrels. A most conservative estimate of the number of those birds whosehomes are there would be 2,000 or 3,000, and Mr. Harvey, the keeper, whoaided me in every way and tendered every courtesy, sets the number at 5,000pairs. The tough, dry turf affords a home safe from ordinary attack at the endof a burrow some six to twelve inches underground, and one to three feet long;but in this individual island lives a small black dog, that drives dull careaway by digging out and killing an average of perhaps ten Petrels a daythroughout the summer season. The red fluid which is ejected from the nostrils Machias Seal Islands 245 of this bird when handled (as shown in the photo) is evidently not suihcientlydisagreeable to mar his pleasure. Kn
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