Wild Life In A Southern County

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The Yetlow-Hammer 37 CHAPTER III. THE HILLSIDE HEDGE: ITS BIRDS AND FLOWERS.—A CKDKN TRACK.—THE SPRINGHEAD. A LOW thick hawthorn hedge runs along some distance below the earthwork just at the foot of the steepest part of the hill....
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The Yetlow-Hammer 37 CHAPTER III. THE HILLSIDE HEDGE: ITS BIRDS AND FLOWERS.—A CKDKN TRACK.—THE SPRINGHEAD. A LOW thick hawthorn hedge runs along some distance below the earthwork just at the foot of the steepest part of the hill. It divides the greensward of the down from the ploughed lajd of the plain, which stretches two or three miles wide, across to another range opposite. A few stunted ash trees grow at intervals among the bushes, which are the favourite resort of finches and birds that feed upon the seeds and insects they find in the cultivated fields. Most of these cornfields being separated only by a shallow trench and a bank bare of underwood, the birds naturally flock to the few hedges they can find. So that, although but low and small in comparison with the copse- like hedges of the vale, the hawthorn here is often alive with birds: chaffinches and sparrows perhaps in the greatest numbers, also yellowhammers. The colour of the yellowhammer appears brighter in spring and early summer: the bird is aglow with a beautiful and brilliant, yet soft yellow, pleasantly shaded with brown. He perches on the upper boughs of the hawthorn or on a rail, coming up from the corn as if to look around him—for he feeds chiefly on the ground—and uttering two or three short notes. His plumage gives a life and tint to the hedge, contrasting so baightly with the vegetation andwith other birds. His song is but a few bars repeated, yet it has a pleasing and soothing effect in the drowsy warmth of summer. Yellowhammers haunt the cornfields principally, though they are not absent from the meadows. To this hedge the hill-magpie comes: some magpies seem to keep almost entirely to the downs, while others range the vale, though there is no apparent difference between them. His peculia...
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  • ISBN-13: 9781458990112
  • Publisher: General Books LLC
  • Publication date: 8/4/2009
  • Pages: 90
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 0.19 (d)

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