Image from page 130 of “Ornithological rambles in Sussex; with a systematic catalogue of the birds of that county, and remarks on their local distribution. By A. E. Knox” (1855)
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Title: Ornithological rambles in Sussex; with a systematic catalogue of the birds of that county, and remarks on their local distribution. By A. E. Knox
Year: 1855 (1850s)
Authors: Knox, Arthur Edward
Subjects: Birds — England Sussex
Publisher: London, J. Van Voorst
Contributing Library: American Museum of Natural History Library
Digitizing Sponsor: Biodiversity Heritage Library
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e in the surrounding woods, andthe fishing, being strictly preserved, these birdsdwell here in comparative security; and as thewaters furnish them with an abundant supply oftheir natural food, they have no inducement towander beyond the precincts of the park. Great,then, is the general consternation, when the duck-hawk*—as the old keeper calls him—makes hisappearance. Taking up his position on a tall firtree commanding a view of the pond, he selectsa victim from the terrified flock as they fly hur-riedly along, dashes after it with incredible swift-ness, sweeps it almost from the surface of thewater, and disappears with it among the neigh-bouring reed-beds, while its companions, suddenlyveering round, return again, as if unwilling toquit the spot which has so long afforded them asafe asylum; but after a day or two they becomethoroughly scared, and may be found among thebrooks in the open country; indeed, the first in- * The name by which the peregrine is also known inAmerica. CO I
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SHOOTING A FRIEND FOR A FOE. Ill timation I have frequently received of the pre-sence of the peregrine at Burton, has been thesudden appearance of several wisps of snipe/even in open weather, among the low meadows ata considerable distance; and little parties of tealand wild ducks congregating at every turn ofthe river, where the high banks afforded thema chance of concealment, and where, though com-paratively exposed to greater danger, they mightbe found until the death or expulsion of the ene-my from their old quarters. Specimens of this falcon have been shot nearLewes, Newhaven, Seaford, Pevensey, and Rye,in the eastern, and in the neighbourhood of Chi-chester, Petworth, and Arundel, in the westerndivision of the county. It has also occurred oc-casionally, though rarely, in the wooded portionof the weald. A friend of mine has one in hispossession which was shot in that part of thecountry by a farmer, who mistook it for a wood-pigeon, immense flocks of which abound thereduring the a
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