Field And Hedgerow By Richard Jefferies




























































































 -  'Quawk! Quoak!' the rooks as they went by were so contented
enjoying the sunshine, they took out the harsh - Page 250
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'Quawk! Quoak!' The Rooks As They Went By Were So Contented Enjoying The Sunshine, They Took Out The Harsh 'c' Or 'k' And Substituted The Softer 'q' - 'quawk!

Quowk!' Another perched on a tree made a short speech, perhaps he thought it was a song.

Sea-gulls have curiously rook-like habits in some respects, following the plough like them, and in spring wheeling for hours round and round in the sky as the rooks do.

The blackbirds and thrushes that had been singing freely previously suddenly ceased singing about December 15, and remained silent for a month, and as suddenly began singing again about January 15. Where they all came from I cannot think, there seemed such an increase in their numbers; one wet morning in a small meadow there were forty-five feeding in sight that could be easily counted. They say the thrushes dig up and eat the roots of the arum, yet they are not root-eaters. Possibly it may have a medicinal effect; the whole plant has very strong properties, and is still much gathered, I suppose for the herbalists. The root is set rather deep, quite a dig with a pocket knife sometimes; one would fancy it was only those which had become accidentally exposed that are eaten by the thrushes. I have never seen them do it, and some further testimony would be acceptable. The old naturalists said the bear on awakening from its winter sleep dug up and ate the roots of the arum in order to open the tube of the intestine which had flattened together during hibernation.

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