: The birds of Washington; a complete, scientific and popular account of the 372 species of birds found in the state
: Dawson, William Leon, 1873- Bowles, John Hooper Brooks, Allan, 1869-1946
: Seattle : The Occidental Pub. Co.
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nd these areadded to the accumulating nest ma-terial. Sanitary regulations are notvery strict in Kingfishers home, andbv the time the young are ready tofly we could not blame them for be-ing glad to get away. The female isa proverbially close sitter, often per-mitting herself to be taken with thehand, but not until after she hasmade a vigorous defense with hersharp beak. If a stick be introducedinto the nest she will sometimesseize it so tightly that she can be lifted from the eggs, turtle fashion. The parents are very busy birds after the young have broken shell,and it takes many a quintal of fish to prepare six, or maybe seven, lustyfisher princes for the battle of life. At this season the birds hunt andwait upon their young principally at night, in order not to attract hostileattention to them by daylight visits. Only one brood is raised in aseason, and since fishing is unquestionably a fine art, the youngstersrequire constant supervision and instruction for several months. A troop
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EVENING ON THE PEND D OREILLE. 458 THE BELTED KINGFISHER. of six or eight birds seen in August or early in September does notmean that Kingfisher is indulging in mid-summer gaities with his fellows,but only that the family group of that season has not yet been broken up. The Kingfisher is not only a fresh water bird of wide distribution, buta lover of the sea. It is found thruout the length of our ample shores onboth sound and ocean; but is, of course, most common where suitable nestingbluffs of clay or sand are afforded. Thruout western Washington the birdis largely resident, and if this very stable species ever does begin to showvariation, it will be in the Pacific Northwest. 5* ■ v N0SHllWSt/s3 I HVd 8 H^LI B RAR I ESSMITHSONIAN_ INSTITUTION N0linillSNI_NVIN0SHllWS(/s3 I THSONIANJ|NSTITUTIONZNOIinillSNlWlNOSHllWS S3iavaan LIBRARIES SMITHSONIAN^INS- > Z r- z
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