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Title: The history of birds : their varieties and oddities, comprising graphic descriptions of nearly all known species of birds, with fishes and insects, the world over, and illustrating their varied habits, modes of life, and distinguishing peculiarities by means of delightful anecdotes and spirited engravings
Year: 1880 (1880s)
Authors: Bingley, William, 1774-1823
Subjects: Birds Zoology
Publisher: Philadelphia : Edgewood Publishing Co.
Contributing Library: American Museum of Natural History Library
Digitizing Sponsor: Biodiversity Heritage Library
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strious neighbor, and as soonas the Canvas-Back rises with the favorite root on which they bothgreedily feed, the Bald-Pate snatches the morsel and makes off withhis booty. They are always very alert and lively, feeding and swimming out into the ponds and rivers at all hours of the day, but areBxtremely watchful, sheltering in coves and behind the land, and onthe slightest attempt to steal upon them, immediately row out intothe stream beyond gun-shot, and then only take to wing when mucbdisturbed. THE SUMMER, OR WOOD DUCK. This most beautiful of Ducks seems to be dressed in a studied attiie, to which the addition of a flowing cresladds a finish of peculiar elegance; andhence Linnseus has dignified the specieswith the title of sponsa or the brideThis splendid bird, according to Nut-tall, is peculiar to America but extendsits residence from the cold regions ofHudsons Bay in the 54th parallel to•uMxn DUCK. Mexico and the Antilles. Throughout ?54 a great part of this vast space, or at
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372 THE SUMMER, OR WOOD DUUK. least as far soutli as Florida and the Mississippi territory, the SammerDuck is known to breed. In the interior they are also found in theState of Missouri, and along the woody borders and still streamawhich flow into most of the great north-western lakes of the St. Law-rence. The Summer Duck, so called from its constant residence inthe United States, has indeed but little predilection for the sea coast^its favorite haunts being the solitary, deep, and still waters, ponds,woody lakes, and the mill dams in the interior, making its nest oftenin decayed and hollow trees impending over the water.
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