June 29, 1774

Posted by sydney on Jun 29th, 1774

Some swallows this day bring out their broods, which are perchers: they place them on rails that go across a stream, & so take their food up & down the river, feeding their young in exact rotation.

June 28, 1774

Posted by sydney on Jun 28th, 1774

Young nestling rooks still. Young partriges, flyers.

June 26, 1774

Posted by sydney on Jun 26th, 1774

My Brother’s vines turn pale on the chalk: the leaves begin to whither.

June 24, 1774

Posted by sydney on Jun 24th, 1774

My Bro: has brewed a barrel of strong beer with his hordeum nudum.  My Brother’s hordeum nudum is very large and forward, and has a broad blade like wheat: it is now spindling for ear, & the tops of the ears appear.  It will be much forwarder than the common barley.  Swifts squeak much.

* The swifts that dash round churches & towers in little parties, seem to me to be the cock-birds: they never squeak ’til they come close to the walls or eaves, & possibly then are seranading their females, who are close in their nests attending to the business of incubation.  Swifts keep out the latest of any birds, never going to roost in the longest days ’til about a quarter before nine.  Just before they retire they squeak & dash & shoot about with wonderful rapidity.  Thy are stirring at least seventeen hours when the days are longest.

June 23, 1774

Posted by sydney on Jun 23rd, 1774

Nightingales very jealous of their young: & make a jarring harsh noise if you approach them.

June 22, 1774

Posted by sydney on Jun 22nd, 1774

Spiraea filipendula, Valeriana offic:. Quail calls.  Young backward rooks just flown.  Young nightingales flown.  Mayflies abound on the Whorwel streams & are taken by hirundines.

June 21, 1774

Posted by sydney on Jun 21st, 1774

Dark, & still.  Rain.

June 19, 1774

Posted by sydney on Jun 19th, 1774

Bees frequent my chimneys: they certainly extract somewhat from the soot, the pitchy part, I suppose.

June 18, 1774

Posted by sydney on Jun 18th, 1774

Variable winds, & clouds flying different ways.  Ricked the St foin, four jobbs.  Rather under made, but not at all damaged by the rain.  It was made in swarth, & lay 8 days.

* Most birds drink sipping a little at a time:  but pigeons take a long continued draught like quadrupeds.  Some swallows build down the mouths of the chalk draught-holes on Faringdon-common.  House-martins retire to rest pretty soon: they roost in their nest as soon as ever it is big enough to contain them.  Martins build the shell of a nest frequently, & then forsake it, & build a new one.

June 16, 1774

Posted by sydney on Jun 16th, 1774

Fern-owl chatters in the hanger.

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