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- Bird LoreThe little wren, the King of all birds never leaves this country and, even in the depths of Winter, it is to be found chirruping around houses. It is also to be found in cow-houses picking up hay-seed and every little thing it can find.It build it's nest under the eave of a thatched house. It's nest consists of moss, old hay, and feathers. The male bird gathers all the stuff that is needed for the nest, and the female bird builds it.It lays from fourteen to eighteen eggs, and every Saint Stephen's day, the boys of the countryside go hunting it over hedges and ditches to try and catch it.The lark is a small brown bird and it is rarely to be seen in the Winter. Towards the end of Spring, or the beginning of Summer it is to be heard singing up very high in the air.It builds it's nest on the ground, or in the side of an old ditch. The nest consists of moss, feathers and wool. It lays four spotted brown eggs.The wild pigeon is a fairly large bird, and it never leaves this country. It is a very destructive(continues on next page)Transcribed by a member of our volunteer transcription project.
- Dermot Minton