Many horse-beans sprang up in my field-walks in the autumn, & are now grown to a considerable height. As the Ewel was in beans last summer, it is most likely that these seeds came from thence; but the distance is too considerable for them to have been conveyed by mice. It is most probably therefore that they were brought by birds, & in particular, by jays & pies, who seem to have hid them among the grass, & moss, & then to have forgotten where they had stowed them. Some pease are also growing in the same situation, & probably under the same circumstances. Mr Derham has recorded that mice hide acorns one by one in pastures in the autumn; & that he has observed them to be hunted-out by swine, who discovered them by their smell.
Posted by sydney on Jan 1st, 1791