Proceedings of the Boston Society of Natural History, Volumen 33

Boston Society of Natural History., 1907

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Página 341 - Voyage of His Majesty's Ship Rosamond to Newfoundland and the Southern Coast of Labrador.
Página 239 - But the master, soon recollecting that so many eggs are worth a dollar or a crown, casts his eye towards the rock, marks the day in his memory, and gives orders to depart. The light breeze enables them to reach another harbour a few miles distant; one which, like the last, lies concealed from the ocean by some other rocky isle. Arrived there, they react the scene of yesterday, crushing every egg they can find. For a week each night is passed in drunkenness and brawls, until, having reached the last...
Página 287 - I killed, and can aver, for a fact, that they get at this time of the year a very large addition of feathers, all of which are white ; and that the coloured feathers at the same time change to white. In spring, most of the white feathers drop off, and are succeeded by coloured ones ; or, I rather believe, all the white ones drop off, and that they get an entire new set. At the two seasons they change very differently ; in the spring, beginning at the neck, and spreading from thence ; now, they begin...
Página 240 - Eggers had left the coast, nor was it until late in July that I succeeded, after the birds had laid three or four eggs each, instead of one, and when nature having been exhausted, and the season nearly spent, thousands of these birds left the country without having accomplished the purpose for which they had visited it.
Página 287 - This morning I took a walk upon the hills to the westward, and killed seven brace of grouse. These birds are exactly the same with those of the same name in Europe, save only in the colour of their feathers, •which are speckled with white in summer, and perfectly white in winter, fourteen black ones in the tail excepted, which always remain the same. When I was in England, Mr...
Página 248 - ... for the sake of their feathers, the destruction which they have made is incredible. If a stop is not soon put to that practice, the whole breed will be diminished to almost nothing, particularly the penguins; for this is now the only island they have left to breed upon; all others lying so near the shores of Newfoundland, they are continually robbed. The birds which the people bring from thence, they salt and eat, in lieu of salted pork.
Página 248 - ... his dart Into It; but, as the weapon did not enter a mortal part, the penguin swam and dived so well that he would have lost both the bird and the dart had he not driven it near enough the vessel for me to shoot It.
Página 248 - On our return trip we ran into a flock of nearly the same size near Cape Harrison. The appearance of a snowstorm here was more perfect, for there was a thick fog bank on the edge of which the Kittiwakes played. The sun shining on the birds before the fog shut them out was very striking. They were occasionally plunging for capelins, at times disappearing entirely under water with a splash.
Página 248 - Innumerable flocks of sea fowl breed upon It every summer, which are of great service to the poor Inhabitants of Fogo, who make voyages there to load with birds and eggs. When the water Is smooth, they make their shallop fast to the shore, lay their gangboards from the gunwale of the boat to the rocks, and then drive as many penguins on board as she will hold ; for, the wings of those birds being remarkably short, they...
Página 431 - By Thomas Dwight. 21 pp., 4 plates. $1.00. No. 1. On the reserve cellulose of the seeds of Liliaceae and of some related orders. By Grace E. Cooley. 29 pp., 6 plates.

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