The small birds were singing softly.
I know owls don't sing, but I didn't like the song birds as well as this guy.
Dad's response had been that they had lots of birds outside and they had chickens.
The sound came again, the cry of someone who was hurt. Katie wiped her eyes. She was drenched with rain and curled against the large root of a tree. The birds of the jungle made screaming sounds, but this was different. This was human.
Throughout Britain, as a rule, this species is one of the most plentiful birds, and is found at all seasons of the year.
Ducks, cranes and other aquatic birds abound in the delta.
Two other baby birds were there, that had not fallen out.
In North America, especially in the Wisconsin region, there are numerous mounds made in shapes resembling the figures of animals, birds or even human forms. These have not been often found to be sepulchral, but they are associated with sepulchral mounds of the ordinary form, some of which are as much as 300 ft.
Of wild animals may be noted the moufflon (Ovis Ammon), the stag, and the wild boar, and among birds various species of the vulture and eagle in the mountains, and the pelican and flamingo (the latter coming in August in large flocks from Africa) in the lagoons.
For birds it is chiefly used of geese; and for other animals most generally of sheep and goats.
Prominent among a great variety of song-birds and insectivorous birds are the robin, blue bird, cat bird, sparrows, meadow-lark, bobolink, thrushes, chickadee, wrens, brown thrasher, gold finch, cedar wax-wing, flycatchers, nuthatches, flicker (golden-winged woodpecker), downy and hairy woodpeckers, rose-breasted grosbeak, Baltimore oriole, barnswallow, chimney swift, purple martin, purple finch (linnet), vireos and several species of warblers.
In other respects the difference between the two birds seems to be immaterial.
The Seriema must be regarded as the not greatly modified heir of some very old type, such as one may fairly imagine to have lived before many of the existing groups of birds had become differentiated, and it is probable that the extinct birds known as Stereornithes, and in particular the fossil Phororhachos from the Miocene of Patagonia, were closely allied to its ancestors.
And the baby birds have their mouths open like this.
The fruit is eaten by most frugivorous birds, and through their agency, particularly that of the species which is accordingly known as missel-thrush or mistle-thrush, the plant is propagated.
Hares, rabbits, field-mice, waterrats, rats, squirrels, moles, game-birds, pigeons, and small birds, form the chief food of the wild cat.
Nothing more seems to have been known of it in Europe till 1803, when Azara published at Madrid his observations on the birds of Paraguay (Apuntamientos, No.
There are few birds which have more exercised the taxonomer than this, and the reason seems to be plain.
There are also many kinds of game birds, pigeons, ducks, geese, plovers and quails.
It was the favourite haunt of humming-birds and bees.
As birds migrate to somewhere beyond the sea, so these men with their wives and children streamed to the southeast, to parts where none of them had ever been.
Every year birds built a nest there.
Alex suggested she fill it with spray foam to keep them out, but baby birds were one of the things she looked forward to every year.
The cock, in his plumage of yellowish-green and yellow is one of the most finely coloured of common English birds, but he is rather heavily built, and his song is hardly commended.
A large variety of materials have been used in their manufacture by different peoples at different times - painted linen and shavings of stained horn by the Egyptians, gold and silver by the Romans, rice-paper by the Chinese, silkworm cocoons in Italy, the plumage of highly coloured birds in South America, wax, small tinted shells, &c. At the beginning of the 8th century the French, who originally learnt the art from the Italians, made great advances in the accuracy of their reproductions, and towards the end of that century the Paris manufacturers enjoyed a world-wide reputation.
He obtains a magic glass cage, yoked with eight griffins, flies through the clouds, and, thanks to enchanters who know the language of birds, gets information as to their manners and customs, and ultimately receives their submission.
The true love-birds (Agapornis) may also be said to build nests, for they line their nest-hole with strips of pliant bark.
The Booth collection of British birds, bequeathed to the corporation by E.
Forbes drew attention to a certain community amongst birds and other vertebrates, invertebrates, and amongst plants, on all the lands stretching towards the south pole.
He showed that not only as regards beasts, but also as regards birds, these regions are thus sharply limited.
The birds of Australia in their number and variety of species may be deemed some compensation for its poverty of mammals; yet it will not stand comparison in this respect with regions of Africa and South America in the same latitudes.
The mound-raising megapodes, the bower-building satin-birds, and several others, display peculiar habits.
The ruffed grouse (or "partridge") is the most common of game birds, but woodcock, ducks and geese are quite common.
Birds of prey comprise several species of hawks and owls, and a few eagles.
These birds were of enormous size, and reminded Zeb of the rocs he had read about in the Arabian Nights.
She linked my earliest thoughts with nature, and made me feel that "birds and flowers and I were happy peers."
I could not let him go unpunished and so I have killed two birds with one stone: to appease the mob I gave them a victim and at the same time punished a miscreant.
He did not sing like a trained singer who knows he is listened to, but like the birds, evidently giving vent to the sounds in the same way that one stretches oneself or walks about to get rid of stiffness, and the sounds were always high-pitched, mournful, delicate, and almost feminine, and his face at such times was very serious.
In spite of his love of music, no pocket recorder filled Dean's head with voices, strings or horns through tiny toy earphones— he'd leave that to the bikers who pedaled unaware of the sounds of birds and springtime around them.
The sound of the trickling stream joined with the voices of birds waking to face the new day.
Birds flitted from tree to tree, chirping at each other and battling over the best roosting sights.
Bonaparte and Professor Schlegel (1850), though it excludes many birds which an English writer would call "grosbeaks."
In some birds, such as the herons, certain down-feathers or plumulae break off into a fine dust as fast as they are formed and form tracts defined in size and situation and known as "powder-down patches."
This region abounds in big game and birds are plentiful.
Of birds the number of species greatly exceeds that of the mammals, including the rhea of the pampas and condor of the Andes, and the tiny, brilliant-hued humming-birds of the tropical North.
Among birds of prey may be mentioned the eagle and various species of hawk, and among game-birds the partridge and pheasant.
The majority of the birds are of endemic species peculiar to different islets, while more than half belong to peculiar genera.
Among the inoffensive species are counted the graceful green "tree snake," which pursues frogs, birds and lizards to the topmost branches of the forest; also several species of pythons, the commonest of which is known as the carpet snake.
"Canary-birds?" he asked.
"How about the birds and beasts and fishes?" asked Zeb.
The birds did not sing, nor did the cows moo; yet there was more than ordinary activity everywhere.
The snakelike branches overhead were creepier when she could see them in daylight, and the few birds and insects she saw made her shudder. The sense of being followed didn't leave even in the full light of day.
She sat on a thick log. He disappeared into the shadows of the jungle, and she pulled her knees to her chest, listening. He was silent while the branches overhead hissed and rasped against one another and the cries of distant birds drifted to her.
The three men, as they passed, looked down and saw the little birds fluttering in the cold, wet grass.
He put the birds softly, one by one, into their warm little home.
"I stopped a minute to give those birds to their mother," he answered.
At one time he painted the picture of some fruit which was so real that the birds flew down and pecked at it.
I deceived only the birds, but you have deceived me, a painter.
When he hung this painting outside of his door, some birds flew down and tried to carry the cherries away.
For if the boy had been as well painted as the cherries, the birds would have been afraid to come near him.
He heard the birds singing.
He spoke of the birds as his little brothers of the air, and he could never bear to see them harmed.
One day as he was walking among the trees the birds saw him and flew down to greet him.
All the birds sprang up joyfully.
The birds flew to their nests.
But there were birds in the woods and some wild goats on the hills.
My thoughts would often rise and beat up like birds against the wind, and I persisted in using my lips and voice.
Only such a one can appreciate the eagerness with which I talked to my toys, to stones, trees, birds and dumb animals, or the delight I felt when at my call Mildred ran to me or my dogs obeyed my commands.
They fly hither and thither in my thought like blind birds beating the air with ineffectual wings.
They make a pleasant shade and the little birds love to swing to and fro and sing sweetly up in the trees.
We would talk about the birds and flowers and grass and Jumbo and Pearl.
I think you would enjoy hearing the mocking-birds sing.
Her little brown mate has flown away with the other birds; but Annie is not sad, for she likes to stay with me.
I love you very dearly, because you have taught me so many lovely things about flowers, and birds, and people.
Lady Meath said she would like to see your flowers, and hear the mocking-birds sing.
Now I am as happy as the little birds, because I can speak and perhaps I shall sing too.
I tried to imagine my gentle poet when he was a school-boy, and I wondered if it was in Andover he learned the songs of the birds and the secrets of the shy little woodland children.
The glorious bay lay calm and beautiful in the October sunshine, and the ships came and went like idle dreams; those seaward going slowly disappeared like clouds that change from gold to gray; those homeward coming sped more quickly like birds that seek their mother's nest....
I might have seen Mrs. Wiggin, the sweet author of "Birds' Christmas Carol," but she had a dangerous cough and could not come.
When she is walking up or down the hall or along the veranda, her hands go flying along beside her like a confusion of birds' wings.
Robert and I will run and jump and hop and dance and swing and talk about birds and flowers and trees and grass and Jumbo and Pearl will go with us.
Her father wrote to her last summer that the birds and bees were eating all his grapes.
Little birds and chickens come out of eggs.
'All its birds and all its blossoms, all its flowers and all its grasses.'
It was quite early, the sun had not been up very long; the birds were just beginning to sing joyously.
Then they began to wander merrily about searching for nuts, climbing trees, peeping curiously into the empty birds' nests, and playing hide and seek from behind the trees.
Who knows but if men constructed their dwellings with their own hands, and provided food for themselves and families simply and honestly enough, the poetic faculty would be universally developed, as birds universally sing when they are so engaged?
Such was not my abode, for I found myself suddenly neighbor to the birds; not by having imprisoned one, but having caged myself near them.
Instead of singing like the birds, I silently smiled at my incessant good fortune.
To walk in a winter morning in a wood where these birds abounded, their native woods, and hear the wild cockerels crow on the trees, clear and shrill for miles over the resounding earth, drowning the feebler notes of other birds--think of it!
As I walked in the woods to see the birds and squirrels, so I walked in the village to see the men and boys; instead of the wind among the pines I heard the carts rattle.
In such transparent and seemingly bottomless water, reflecting the clouds, I seemed to be floating through the air as in a balloon, and their swimming impressed me as a kind of flight or hovering, as if they were a compact flock of birds passing just beneath my level on the right or left, their fins, like sails, set all around them.
How can you expect the birds to sing when their groves are cut down?
The birds with their plumage and their notes are in harmony with the flowers, but what youth or maiden conspires with the wild luxuriant beauty of Nature?
They are not callow like the young of most birds, but more perfectly developed and precocious even than chickens.
As it flows it takes the forms of sappy leaves or vines, making heaps of pulpy sprays a foot or more in depth, and resembling, as you look down on them, the laciniated, lobed, and imbricated thalluses of some lichens; or you are reminded of coral, of leopard's paws or birds' feet, of brains or lungs or bowels, and excrements of all kinds.
The feathers and wings of birds are still drier and thinner leaves.
In almost all climes the tortoise and the frog are among the precursors and heralds of this season, and birds fly with song and glancing plumage, and plants spring and bloom, and winds blow, to correct this slight oscillation of the poles and preserve the equilibrium of nature.
As if Nature could support but one order of understandings, could not sustain birds as well as quadrupeds, flying as well as creeping things, and hush and whoa, which Bright can understand, were the best English.
With his shaggy head thrown back like birds when they drink, pressing his spurs mercilessly into the sides of his good horse, Bedouin, and sitting as though falling backwards in the saddle, he galloped to the other flank of the squadron and shouted in a hoarse voice to the men to look to their pistols.
Birds of a feather, Dean thought.
Sleep finally came, though, and next morning she woke to the sound of birds outside her window.
Wooden birds fluttered among the trees and wooden cows were browsing upon the wooden grass; but the most amazing things of all were the wooden people--the creatures known as Gargoyles.
I learned how the sun and the rain make to grow out of the ground every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food, how birds build their nests and live and thrive from land to land, how the squirrel, the deer, the lion and every other creature finds food and shelter.
The birds had flown, and their empty nests in the bare trees were filled with snow.
In the savage state every family owns a shelter as good as the best, and sufficient for its coarser and simpler wants; but I think that I speak within bounds when I say that, though the birds of the air have their nests, and the foxes their holes, and the savages their wigwams, in modern civilized society not more than one half the families own a shelter.
All four, like a flock of scared birds, got up and left the room.
No, my dear boy," he continued, "you and your generals won't get on against Buonaparte; you'll have to call in the French, so that birds of a feather may fight together.
Her voice sounded so serious and so sad that the chirping of the birds was silenced at once.
The birds were silent, watching her to see if she was friend or foe.
Small towns, children playing, birds singing.
"I'd rather kill two birds with one stone," he said.
As the light faded from the treetops, the birds grew silent and insects began their orchestra of night sounds.
Of birds some species of parrakeet, the "mandarin" blackbird, and the woodcock are not found in the rest of Indo-China.
I could hear birds chirping and earlier, the woman humming.
Birds sang in the mature trees that ringed the deck and there was a country smell of spring.
Darkyn was like a housecat that dragged in beheaded birds and left them in the middle of the floor for its owner.
"Do you remember those birds?" said Mr. Speed.
This was one way to kill two birds with one stone.