June 30, 1776

Posted by sydney on Jun 30th, 1776

Wheat generally in bloom.  The beards of barley begin to peep.

June 28, 1776

Posted by sydney on Jun 28th, 1776

Flowers in the garden make a gaudy appearance.

June 26, 1776

Posted by sydney on Jun 26th, 1776

No young partridges are flyers yet: but by the deportment of the dams it is plain they have chickens hatched; for they rise & fall before the horses feet, & hobble along as if wounded to draw-off attention from their helpless broods.  Sphinx forte ocellata.  A vast insect; appears after it is dusk, flying with an humming noise, & inserting it’s tongue into the bloom of the honey-suckle: it scarcely settles on the plants but feeds on the wing in the manner of humming-birds.  Omiah, who is gone on board the Resolution, is expected to sail this week for Otaheite with Capt. Cook.

June 25, 1776

Posted by sydney on Jun 25th, 1776

Vine just begins to blow: it began last year June 7: in 1774 June 26.  Wheat begins to blow.  Thomas’s bees swarm, & settle on the Balm of Gilead fir.  first swarm.

June 24, 1776

Posted by sydney on Jun 24th, 1776

Hay makes well.  The wind bangs the hedges & flowers about.

June 20, 1776

Posted by sydney on Jun 20th, 1776

Cut my St foin; a large burden: rather over-blown: the nineth crop.  Libellula virgo, sive puella.  Dragon-fly with blue upright wings.

* As the way-menders are digging for stone in a bank of the street, they found a large cavern running just under the cart-way.  This cavity was covered over by a thin stratum of rock:  so that if the arch had given way under a loaded waggon, considerable damage must have ensued.

June 17, 1776

Posted by sydney on Jun 17th, 1776

Snails begin to engender, & some flew to lay eggs:  hence it is matter of consequence to destroy them before midummer.

June 14, 1776

Posted by sydney on Jun 14th, 1776

I saw two swifts, entangled with each other, fall out of their nest to the ground, from whence they soon rose & flew away.  This accident was probably owing to amorous dalliance.  Hence it appears that swifts when down can rise again.  Swifts seen only morning & evening: the hens probably are engaged all the day in the business of incubation;  while the cocks are roving after food down to the forest, & lakes.  These birds begin to sit about the middle of this month, & have squab young before the month is out.

June 13, 1776

Posted by sydney on Jun 13th, 1776

Martins begin building at half hour after three in the morning.

June 12, 1776

Posted by sydney on Jun 12th, 1776

Drones abound round the mouth of the hive that is expected to swarm.  Sheep are shorn.

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