Transactions of the Connecticut Academy of Arts and Sciences, Volume 4

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Academy, 1882 - Humanities
Vol. 15, "To the University of Leipzig on the occasion of the five hundredth anniversary of its foundation, from Yale University and the Connecticut Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1909."

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Page 97 - No one dared venture within the line of devastation. The hogs had been penned up in due time, the picking up of the dead and wounded being left for the next morning's employment The Pigeons were constantly coming, and it was past midnight before I perceived a decrease in the number of those that arrived. The uproar continued the whole night; and as I was anxious to know to what distance the sound reached, I sent off...
Page 97 - Let us take a column of one mile in breadth, which is far below the average size, and suppose it passing over us without interruption for three hours, at the rate mentioned above of one mile in the minute.
Page 96 - It was dangerous to walk under these flying and fluttering millions, from the frequent fall of large branches, broken down by the weight of the multitudes above, and which in their descent often destroyed numbers of the birds themselves ; while the clothes of those engaged in traversing the woods were completely covered with the excrements of the pigeons.
Page 97 - It was a scene of uproar and confusion. I found it quite useless to speak, or even to shout to those persons who were nearest to me.
Page 96 - The noise which they made, though yet distant, reminded me of a hard gale at sea, passing through the rigging of a close-reefed vessel. As the birds arrived and passed over me, I...
Page 67 - Both mammals and birds are its prey, and large ones at that; rabbits, squirrels, and skunks among the former, and quail, ducks, partridges, and domestic fowls among the latter, are the chief sufferers. Large hawks, crows, and other owls also are often killed and eaten. Dr. Merriam states: "It feeds on the larger game (hares, grouse, and the like), not forgetting the poultry yard, and seems particularly fond of turkeys, of which it seldom touches more than the head, if there are a plenty about. Indeed,...
Page 40 - We obtained these samples of milk from different parts of the country, and at different times of the year.
Page 97 - Towards the approach of day, the noise in some measure subsided, long before objects were distinguishable, the Pigeons began to move off in a direction quite different from that in which they had arrived the evening before, and at sunrise all that were able to fly had disappeared. The howlings of the wolves now reached our ears, and the foxes, lynxes, cougars, bears, raccoons, opossums and pole-cats were seen sneaking off...
Page 28 - Swallow caught during winter out of a lake with a net, drawn, as is common in northern countries, under the ice : this bird was brought into a warm room, revived, fluttered about, and soon after died.

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