No h: martins, nor swallows in the villages, nor sand-martins at the pit on Short-heath. The white-sand in the pit above, observed thro’ a microscope, appears more sharp, & angular than the yellow sand of the forest. Gathered in the nonparels, & royal russets. Much gossamer flying.
Finished a Bostal, or sloping path up the hanger from the foot of the zigzag to the corner of the Wadden, in length 414 yards. A fine romantic walk, shady & beautiful. In digging along the hanger the labourers found many pyrites perfectly round, lying in the clay; & in the chalk below several large cornua Ammonis.
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.
Cornix cinerea. Flying over Faringdon heath. The first grey crow that I ever saw in the district of Selborne. They are common on the downs about Andover: about Winton, & Bagshot. Most of the earth to be removed in levelling the garden is taken away in some places to the depth of 18 inches. The continued rains much interrupt the work, & make it a nasty jobb. The best mould is laid on the quarters of the garden, the clayey soil is wheeled into the meadow.