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About ten years ago I used to spend some weeks yearly at Sunbury, which is one of those pleasant villages lying on the Thames, near Hampton-court.
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Bats drink on the wing, like swallows, by sipping the surface, as they play over pools and streams.
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But there was a nobler species of game in this forest, now extinct, which I have heard old people say abounded much before shooting flying became so common, and that was the heath-cock, black-game, or grouse.
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Earthworms, though in appearance a small and despicable link in the chain of nature, yet, if lost, would make a lamentable chasm... worms seem to be the great promoters of vegetation, which would proceed but lamely without them.
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For many years past I have observed that towards Christmas vast flocks of chaffinches have appeared in the fields; many more, I used to think, than could be hatched in any one neighbourhood.
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General Howe turned out some German wild boars and sows in his forests, to the great terror of the neighbourhood; and, at one time, a wild bull or buffalo: but the country rose upon them and destroyed them.
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Hedge-hogs abound in my gardens and fields.
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I forgot to mention that I once saw, in Christ Church College quadrangle in Oxford, on a very sunny warm morning, a house-martin flying about, and settling on the parapet, so late as the twentieth of November.
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I have procured some of the mice mentioned in my former letters, a young one and a female with young, both of which I have preserved in brandy.
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I make no doubt but there are three species of the willow-wrens: two I know perfectly; but have not been able yet to procure the third.
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I want to be better informed with regard to ichthyology.
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I was much entertained last summer with a tame bat, which would take flies out of a person's hand.
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It is, I find, in zoology as it is in botany: all nature is so full, that that district produces the greatest variety which is the most examined.
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Numbers of snipes breed every summer in some moory ground on the verge of this parish.
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Our flocks of female chaffinches have not yet forsaken us. The blackbirds and thrushes are very much thinned down by that fierce weather in January.
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Providence has been so indulgent to us as to allow of but one venomous reptile of the serpent kind in these kingdoms, and that is the viper.
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The French, I think, in general, are strangely prolix in their natural history.
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The house-martins have eggs still, and squab-young. The last swift I observed was about the twenty-first of August; it was a straggler.
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The mention of hews put me in mind that there is a total failure of that wild fruit, so conducive to the support of many of the winged nation.
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The parish I live in is a very abrupt, uneven country, full of hills and woods, and therefore full of birds.
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The parish of Selborne, by taking in so much of the forest, is a vast district.
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Though large herds of deer do much harm to the neighbourhood, yet the injury to the morals of the people is of more moment than the loss of their crops.
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We have had a very severe frost and deep snow this month. My thermometer was one day fourteen degrees and a half below the freezing point, within doors.
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We have, in the winter, vast flocks of the common linnets; more, I think, than can be bred in any one district.
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What you suggest, with regard to Spain, is highly probable. The winters of Andalusia are so mild, that, in all likelihood, the soft-billed birds that leave us at that season may find insects sufficient to support them there.
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You may depend on it that the bunting, emberiza miliaria, does not leave this country in the winter.
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