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American Goshawk
Although a northern ranger, the goshawk nests early—in April or early May—and placing a quantity of twigs and grasses close to the trunk of a tree.
Red Tailed Hawk
Hawks usually bolt their food, and around a nest are abundant traces of the hearty appetite of a young family, the tufts of mouse hair and pellets of other disgorged, indigestible material plentifully besprinkling the ground.
Red Shouldered Hawk
The red-shouldered hawk spends most of its life perching, usually on some distended dead limb where, like an eagle in its dignity, it watches for mice and moles to creep through the meadow.
Broad Winged Hawk
The Rough-legged Hawk (Archibuteo lagopus sancti-johannis)—the hare-footed hawk of St. John, New Brunswick—is almost too variable in plumage to be briefly described, but whether in its dark, almost blackish, phase, when it is known as the black hawk.
Golden Eagle
Strangely enough, a pair of eagles, instead of being fiercely aggressive, as one would suppose, when their nest is approached, are quite indifferent and will circle around at a great height and watch the intruder with unimpassioned calm, or else entirely disappear.
Bald Eagle
Because immature birds reverse nature's order and are larger than adults, and their plumage undergoes three changes before they appear at the close of the third year in white heads and tails, some early writers described the black eagle, Washington's eagle, and the bald-headed eagle as three distinct birds, even Audubon and Nuttall treating this one species as two.
Duck Hawk
American sportsmen best know how unerring is the marksmanship of this marauder. The teal, one of the swiftest travellers on wings, will be whistling its way above the sloughs, when, quicker than thought, its throat is seized by an unseen, unsuspected foe dropped from the clouds.
American Sparrow Hawk
Unlike other birds of prey, the sparrow hawk builds no nest, but lays in the hollows of trees, crevices of rocks, or even about outbuildings on a farm ; but a deserted woodpecker's hole is its ideal home.
American Osprey
Birds of this order show strong affection for their life-long mates and the young, and for an old nest that is often a true home at all seasons, and to which they return year after year if unmolested, simply repairing damages inflicted by winter storms.
American Barn Owl
The barn owl does not eat poultry, although it is constantly shot because of an unfounded belief that it does, prevalent among farmers. From an economic standpoint, it would be difficult to name a more valuable bird.
American Long Eared Owl
At nightfall, it flies with almost uncanny softness, skimming along the ground, exploring leafy avenues and grassy meadows and swamps; its wide, staring eyes, immovably fixed in the sockets, scanning the hunting ground, as the head, inclined down-ward, turns now this way, now that.
Short Eared Owl
Aside from a quavering, mouse-like squeak, the marsh owl apparently makes no sound. Its flight is positively uncanny in its silence. Like the barn and the long-eared owls, this invaluable ally earns the fullest protection from the farmers.
Barred Owl
In February, the barred owl loses his unsocial, hermit-like instinct, and for his mate's society, at least, shows a devoted preference.
Saw Whet Owl
Saw-whet, saw-whet, the love notes of this owl, most frequently heard in March and April, have a rasping quality like the sound heard in a mill when the file is sharpening the teeth of a saw; not an agreeable noise, perhaps, yet because of the ventriloqual power of the bird's voice, and at the distance we think we hear it, it has a certain fascination.
Screech Owl
Why this little owl should wear such freaky plumage, rusty red one time, mottled gray and black another, without reference to age, sex, or season, is one of the bird mysteries awaiting solution.
Great Horned Owl
A careful observer tells of finding in a nest containing two young owls a mouse, a young muskrat, two eels, four bullheads, a woodcock, four ruffed grouse, one rabbit, and eleven rats.
Snowy Owl
No Arctic explorer has yet penetrated too far north to find the Snowy Owl. Private Long of the Greely expedition, who raised six of these owlets, released them only because food became scarce enough for men during the second winter of hardship, much less for such greedy pets.
All About Dogs
Dogs are, and since long before the beginning of history, must have been the friends and companions of man, and figures of these animals are found among the earliest stone-cuttings and paintings of the ancient Egyptians.
New York - The City And Its Streets
No city was ever more beautifully situated than New York. Commercially, also, its favourable position could not help rendering it the metropolis of a hemisphere. During the early years of its settlement, every traveller was struck with its natural beauty.
New York - Vacant Land And Typical Houses
WHEN Manhattan Island was first settled, it was covered with trees, with the exception of the low-lying salt meadows. Much of the timber was soon cleared away to make room for meadows and gardens, so necessary to the comfort and pleasure of the English as well as the Dutch.
New York - House Building, Fires, Rents And Mails
THE citizen was ever in dread of fire. Houses built in the Eighteenth Century were principally of wood. The introduction of fire-engines in 1731 was due to Stephen de Lancey and his partner, John Moore.
New York - Country Seats And Farms
ATTRACTIVE and delightful as the city itself undoubtedly was, the country beyond must have been still more charming. Manhattan Island as well as Staten Island, the Jersey shore and Long Island were dotted with country-seats, mansions and farm-houses pleasantly situated in fine grounds.
Furniture - Evidences Of Luxurious Living
BEFORE 1700, New York already numbered among her citizens many rich merchants. As early as 1674, there were ninety-four burghers whose estates were valued at more than a thousand guilders each.
Furniture - Living Rooms And Their Contents
THE ordinary modest house of the period was of two stories with a basement. On the first floor were two rooms, used for the parlour and dining-room, occasionally divided by glass doors. Upstairs were three bedrooms, the extra one, of course, being a small one over the hall or entry.
Furniture - Cabinet Makers And Vendue Sales
THE people of New York had every opportunity to furnish their homes handsomely. Ships brought each week the newest articles in furniture and ornament from London. Any one who had the means and took pride in living in the best taste could easily keep up with European fashions.
Furniture - Walls, Pictures And Looking Glasses
AT the beginning of the Eighteenth Century, the walls of houses were usually panelled, painted or whitewashed. In the homes of the rich, tapestry and gilt leather hangings were found.
Furniture - Beds, Chairs, Tables And Clocks
THE bed was, of course, the most important piece of furniture in the bedroom. Almost invariably, it was a tall and wide four-poster of mahogany, more or less richly carved. But the framework, handsome as it might be, and even if crowned by a carved tester, was comparatively unimportant when the furnishings are remembered.
Table Furnishings - China, Useful And Ornamental
OCCASIONALLY, one hears it said that there was little or no china in New York before the Revolution ; but whoever will pause to think for a moment will know that this could not be true. The Dutch, as is well known, were among the very first collectors of china in Europe.
Table Furnishings - Plate, Tankards, Punch Bowls And Candlesticks
WROUGHT silver was always highly prized. From the first settlement of this country, every prosperous householder possessed pieces of plate. In New York, before 1700, examples occur in numerous inventories of English, Dutch and French homes.
Table Furnishings - Tea Pots, Urns And Spoons
BESIDES the plate imported from France, England and Holland, a considerable quantity was manufactured here. On the revocation of the Edict of Nantes, many of the best workers in the precious metals left France and settled in Holland, Germany and England.
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