. The land-birds and game-birds of New England; with descriptions of the birds, their nests and eggs, their habits and notes, with illustrations;. Birds. 320 LAND-BIRDS. consist of a cotton rag, which was firmly caught in the thorns of a barberry bush. The eggs, which in many cases are laid at irregular intervals, average 1.25 X .87 of an inch, and are light greenish blue, but rarely or never elliptical.. Fig. 17. YeUow-tiUed Cuckoo. (J) c. The Yellow-bUled Cuckoos have evidently become very much less common near Boston than they once were, and are now considered rare in many if not all parts

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. The land-birds and game-birds of New England; with descriptions of the birds, their nests and eggs, their habits and notes, with illustrations;. Birds. 320 LAND-BIRDS. consist of a cotton rag, which was firmly caught in the thorns of a barberry bush. The eggs, which in many cases are laid at irregular intervals, average 1.25 X .87 of an inch, and are light greenish blue, but rarely or never elliptical.. Fig. 17. YeUow-tiUed Cuckoo. (J) c. The Yellow-bUled Cuckoos have evidently become very much less common near Boston than they once were, and are now considered rare in many if not all parts of New England. In general habits they are closely allied to the more common Black-billed Cuckoos, whose habits will be fully detailed in the next biography. They differ chiefly in having a rather less rapid flight, a greater fondness for high, dry, and wooded lands, and a somewhat different diet. Their habit of laying eggs at intervals of several days, also observable in the other species, is enough to distinguish them from nearly all our other land-birds. It is not rare to find their nest contaiuing both young and eggs at very different stages of development. I once found a Robin's nest in the same condition, but such a case was wholly exceptional. The female Cuckoo, when ap- proached while on her nest, usually sits bravely, but finally throws herself upon the ground, and flutters away, uttering piteous and uncouth sounds, which can hardly fail to distract the attention of an egg-hunter ; but this device rarely succeeds, and is resorted to too late. d. The notes of the Yellow-biUed Cuckoo do not differ distinctly from those of the Black-biUed species, though often harsher.. 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.. Minot, Henry Davis, 1859-1890. Boston, Houghton, Mifflin

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