[CT Birds] Reading 13
dennisvz at optonline.net
Thu Oct 13 07:26:57 EDT 2011
The First Sentences:
The Chimney Swift is not a Swallow, although he has been confused
with the latter species so long and so thoroughly that he is better
know by the name Chimney Swallow.
The nest is a peculiar hollowed bracket built of dried twigs well
cemented together with the gluey saliva of the bird, and fastened to
the rough wall of the chimney somewhere from five to to ten feed from
the top. This remarkable structure is anything but secure, and when
the lusty young birds become restless it has an extremely awkward way
of dumping the whole family down in the fireplace; then the rasping,
ear-splitting chirps of the youngsters are only comparable to the
filing of a saw — yes, twenty saws!
Of course the Chimney Swift has not song, but he has a very tolerable
idea of keeping time with his fellows in a series of penetrating,
rhythmic chips (away up on the highest C of the piano) during an “all
hands around” game of “tag” In ever narrowing circles about some
neglected chimney of the old farm house.
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