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The Mocking-bird In Connecticut

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It is generally believed that the mocking-biril does not extend his sum mer migration further northwaid thai the state of Maryland, hut it is a fací that a few of these Bouthern songsters occasioiially extend their Slimmer trip furtlier nortli, not only into Xew Jersey, but even into the, southern border of New Kngland. Tliree of their nest.s were built, one recent snmmer, in a suburban part of Hartford - and, we regret to add, all tliree were plundered of their eggs bef ore the young were hatcheul. If not molested, the mocking-bird, when he doe travel as far north as Connecticut - which is by 110 means tlie case every summer, and only a very few of tliem ever come so far at best-- would hardly be noticed, half hidden in the congenial shrubbery wliieh he loves. ïlie mocking-bird is intelligent, and is easily taught to sing tunes. One owned by a Hartford lady not only sings threeMoody and Sankey tunes, but knows (as is proved) many individuals who visit the house. He has hla personal likes and dislikes. He exhibits great favor to the kitchenmaid the instant she enters the room, but will seold violently as soon as lie even hears the step of a certain visitor on the walk inside the gate before ]ie enters the house. A Hartford gentleman who lived on Wethersfield avenue :iad a pair of Florida mocking-birds in cnges, and observing the témale, in May, evidently desirous ot constructing a nest, he resolved to risk it and let her fly out. Taking the cage to the jack piazza he took out and placed beside it the bird's bath-tub and let tlie )ird go. She flew off, and soon returned, keeping near the cage, and then came down and took a bath in her accustomed little bath-tub. The male was brouglit out, and he, too, was liberated. Both birds tlew away, but returned. For two or three days they woukl return, bathe, and enter their cages toward sunset - to be liberated again in the morning. One day the ua-le came back alone. Then the owner cnew a nest had been made. Watching ;he male bird, he was not long in findng tlie nest; it was in the grape-arbor. [?he iemale laid live or six eggs, and }rooded them faithf ully - the male bird ■eturning every evening to stay over light in his cage. Much interest was elt in tlie incubation by persons who mew of the situation, and at length the ïest was daily peered luto to see if any ittle birds we e hatched. One day, vlien the time was at hand and it was !ound that none as yet were hatched, ;he inquiring daily visitor was told to come once more, next day, and be regal ed on the sight of one or moreyoung nocking-birds, which woukl surely be ïatched "out doors" in freedom, here in N"ew England. The visitor did iiotfail ïext day to go, but was saddened and 'airly shocked to learn that the motlier )ird had been killed and gobbled the light bef ore by a"mousing owl" that ïad boen seen tlie preceding day at usk haunting that unaccusiomed leighborhood. What with their human nd other foes the few mocking-birda hat have tried it do not appeartohave teen successful in nestinsf around oíd. -


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