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', twenty-four, goose fifty, heron fifty-nine, lark thirteen, linnet twenty-five, night- .
Single fifteen, parrot sixty, partridge fifteen, peacock twenty-four, pelican fifty,
Pheasant ffteen, pigeon twenty, raven one hundred, robin twelve, skylark thirty,
Ssparrow-hawk forty, swan one hundred, thrush ten, wren three. I
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THE ALBATROSS. THE DUCK.
Spread out thy broad and powerful wings, Quack quack quack the mother Duck
And hasten o'er the sea; Is waddling to her pond,
"What bird, 0 Albatross, in speed And chides her ducklings, whom she sees
Can hope to equal thee? In frolic play beyond.
THE BITTERN. THE EAGLE.
In reedy swamp and lonely marsh, Upon the lonely mountain peak,
Where all is shade and gloom, The Eagle builds her nest,
The Bittern stalks, and you may hear And there, when weary of the chase,
His voice in sullen boom. In silence takes her rest.
THE COCK. THE FLAMINGO.
Hark, hark, the lively Chanticleer His neck, how long! how long his legs !
His shrill loud clarion rings, Near five feet high is he !
And struts about in all his pride, And what a bill! And then how fine
And flaps his shining wings. His scarlet coat must be !
THE GREBE. THE KINGFISHER.
Only in far-off marsh and mere Upon the streamlet's reedy bank
The Grebe will build her nest; The quick Kingfisher see;
Observe her tawny drooping ruff, Soon, soon within his long sharp bill
Her large and dusky crest! A quiv'ring fish will be.
HUMMING BIRDS. THE LYRE BIRD.
Like winged jewels they dart and shine, In far Australian wilds this bird
Their feathers all aglow; Will traveller admire;
And as they flash through air, their wings With upraised tail that takes the shape
Like sparks of colour show. Of graceful classic lyre.
THE JAY. THE MAGPIE.
Methinks the Jay's a noisy bird, From bush to bush, from bough to bough,
Yet now with crimson breast, The chattering Magpie flies;
Silent and fond, she watches o'er With wings of black and white, curved bill,
The treasures of her nest. And restless shining eyes.
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THE NIGHTINGALE. THE QUAIL.
Of all the songsters of the grove, When come the leaves and buds of spring
The minstrels of the dale, Then comes the swift-winged Quail;
None has a strain so sweet and rich But ever quits our western lands
As the famed Nightingale. Before the winter pale.
THE OSTRICH. THE ROBIN.
O'er desert sands the Ostrich skims, The Robin is our winter guest,
Beneath a burning sky; And trips across the snow
Swift as the swiftest horse he runs, To peck the frequent crumbs our hands
But has no wings to fly. Are well-pleased to bestow.
THE PELICAN. THE SWALLOW.
On river banks, on shores of lakes, Now hovering on rapid wing,
Or marge of sounding sea, Now down to earth, now high,
The Pelican, in quest of fish, And circling round in airy ring
Roams uncontrolled and free. To chase the painted fly.
THE THRUSH. THE XEMA.
How gaily sounds the Thrush's voice In far-off lands, neathh northern skies,
In liquid notes and fast, And on the surfy shore,
As if to bid the vales rejoice Lives the lone Xema, and delights
That winter stern is past! In ocean's thunder roar.
THE VULTURE. THE YELLOWHAMMER.
On rugged rock the Vulture waits Who does not know this favorite bird
To scent its carrion prey, With spotted yellow breast ?
When down into the plains below Of moss and roots and hair, with skill
It takes its rapid way. He weaves his curious nest.
THE WREN. THE OUZEL.
A tiny bird the modest Wren, The Ouzel is a songster sweet
Yet pleasant is his song; As you could wish to hear,
His little nest he loves to build And in the woodland echoes far
The hawthorn bowers among. His note both rich and clear.
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