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9. The stork is very friendly to man. Undismayed by his presence it builds its nest upon the house-top, or on the summits of the loftiest trees in the immediate neighbourhood of the most frequented places. It walks, perfectly at ease, along the busiest streets of the most crowded town, and seeks its food on the banks of the rivers, or in fens in close vicinity to the abode of man.
10. In numerous parts of Holland its nest, built on the chimney-top, remains undisturbed for many successive years, and the owners constantly return with unerring sagacity to the well-known spot. The joy which the birds manifest in taking possession of their old dwelling, and the attachment which they show towards their benevolent hosts, are familiar to all who dwell in these districts.
11. The affection which they show for their young, is one of the most remarkable features in their character. At the town of Delft, in Holland, a house, on the top of which was a nest of storks, took fire. The female stork, after many repeated and unsuccessful attempts to carry off her young to a place of safety, chose rather to perish with them than leave them to their fate.
12. The female generally lays from two to four eggs of a dingy, yellowish white, rather larger than that of a goose.
She sits on them for more than a month, the male bird taking her place when she goes abroad to seek her food. birds are hatched, they are carefully fed by their parents, who watch over them with the closest anxiety.
When the young 13. As soon as they become capable of flying, the parents exercise them by degrees, carrying them at first upon their own wings and then conducting them in short circular flights around their nest.
14. When in search of food, the stork is generally seen in its usual attitude of repose standing on one leg, with its long neck bent backwards, its head resting on its shoulder, and its eye steadily fixed.
15. The large extent of the wings of the stork and the comparative lightness of its body, are admirably adapted to the lofty pitch at which it flies, and to its long continuance on the wing.
16. Storks generally migrate about the beginning of August, the preparations for their departure usually occupying several weeks. They gradually assemble in one spot from the whole of the surrounding district to the number of many hundreds,
making, when they meet, that peculiar clattering with their beaks which appears to serve them in place of voice.
17. As soon as their number is completed, they mount at once into the air without noise or confu
sion, and are speedily lost sight of in the loftiness of their flight. They return to Europe in smaller bands in March or April.
venerated, regarded with crane, a large water bird.
religious respect. duskier, darker.
ancient, old. hue, colour.
enormous, very great. plumage, feathers. engendered, caused by. expanded, spread out. humidity, dampness. assemble, to meet to- benevolent, kind. gether.
repose, rest. migrates, removes from vicinity, neighbourhood. one place to another.
ibis, an Egyptian bird.
con-trast cov-erts nox-i-ous hatch-ed me-tal-lic
sur-round-ing re-peat-ed par-tic-u-lar-ly
What water bird found in this country does the stork resemble? Where does the stork pass the winter? To what countries does it migrate in spring? What is the height of the bird? What is the colour of the bill? What is the food of these birds? Why are they almost venerated by the people in the countries where they are found ? Name some country in Europe where they are specially welcomed by the people. In what places do they build their nests? How many eggs do they lay? How are the young birds taught to fly? In what month of the year do they leave Holland ? Describe the manner in which they migrate.
1. I saw a little streamlet flow
Along a peaceful vale,
It wandered down the dale;
2. The valley smiled in living green;
A tree, which near it gave
Drank from its limpid wave.
3. But not alone to plant and bird
That little stream was known,
A friend's familiar tone:
It blessed the labour of the poor.
Where'er my footsteps stray.
streamlet, a small stream. | tranquil, quiet. meandering, wandering. familiar, well known.
lim-pid sil-ver seem-ed
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