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BIRDS AND BIRD-LIFE.

PAPERS CONTRIBUTED EY

F. T. BUCKLAND, AUTHOR OF CURIOSITIES OF NATURAL HISTORY;'
W. C. L. MARTIN, F.L.S.;

W. KIDD, OF HAMMERSMITH;

AND OTHER NATURALISTS.

LONDON:

PUBLISHED AT THE LEISURE HOUR OFFICE:

THE RELIGIOUS TRACT SOCIETY;

56 PATERNOSTER ROW, AND 164 PICCADILLY:

SOLD AT RAILWAY STATIONS AND BY THE BOOKSELLERS.

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BIRDS AND BIRD-LIFE.

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DUCKS.

BY THE AUTHOR OF CURIOSITIES OF NATURAL HISTORY.' DOUBTLESS many a hungry individual puts the lemon and cayenne pepper on the inviting slices of his savoury-smelling roast wild duck, without ever bestowing a thought upon the habits of the creature he is devouring, much less upon the thousand difficulties incurred, the night watchings, and the ingenious devices which must be put in force before Mr. Duck can be captured, slaughtered, and cooked. A cautious and wide-awake bird is the wild duck. It is all very well for the treacherous Mrs. Bond to sing to her unsuspecting tame ducks, "Dilly, dilly, dilly, come and be killed." Tempted by Mrs. Bond's barley-meal, they waddle out of their favourite horse-pond, and submit to an easy capture, forgetting that it is Friday, and that to-morrow is market-day in the neighbouring town, and that the squire's wife, who was looking at them only yesterday, has issued cards for a dinner party, for which she requires "a couple of ducks." The wild cousins of our farmyard ducks, however, do not accept the invitation to "come and be killed" quite so readily; their motto is, "Catch us if you can; and nobody knows better than the duck-shooter, how well they are aware that man is their enemy-that he is a duckivorous

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