. Our own birds; a familiar natural history of the birds of the United States. Birds. 184 INSESSORES. representing there the Duck Hawk of America, ap- pears to have been the favorite Hawk among the fal- coners of the olden time. In the early part of Euro- pean history mention is frequently made of the sport of hawking, and it was then considered as a recrea- tion of such a dignified character, that it was placed by laws beyond the power of any but the nobility to engage in it. The various nobles vied with each other in the superiority and numbers of their Falcons, and the life of a serf is said to have been esteemed of less value in the eyes of a Norman Baron than that of his favorite Hawk. To the Hawk family also belong the Kite, the Swallow - tailed Hawk, the Pigeon Hawk, the Sharp-shin- ned Hawk, and the Red - shouldered and Red - tailed Buzzards, all of which are more or less abundant in the various sections of the country. Next to these, as a connecting link be- tween the Hawks and Hawk Owl. Owls, we have the Hawk Owl, which appears to be only an occasional visitor south of the St. Lawrence river. In the vicin- ity of Hudson's Bay it is quite abundant, and is also. Please note that these images are extracted from scanned page images that may have been digitally enhanced for readability - coloration and appearance of these illustrations may not perfectly resemble the original work.. Baily, William L; Cope, E. D. (Edward Drinker), 1840-1897. Philadelphia, J. B. Lippincott & Co.