Image from page 157 of "Game birds. Life histories of one hundred and seventy birds of prey, game birds and water-fowls" (1922)
Authors: Blanchan, Neltje, 1865-1918
Subjects: Game and game-birds
Publisher: Garden City, N.Y. Doubleday, Page
Contributing Library: Cornell University Library
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, morerarely south to Delaware. Season—Winter visitor. When resting under our down coverlets on a winter night,or tucked about with pillows on the divan of a modern drawing-room, how many of us give a thought to the duck that has beenrobbed of her soft warm feathers for our comfort, or take thetrouble to make her acquaintance when she brings the brood thatwere despoiled of their bedding to furnish ours to visit our coastin winter ? It may be said in extenuation of our apparent indif-ference that eiders keep well out at sea, and come at a seasonwhen boating ceases to be a pleasure. Then, too, there is littleto interest one during the winter in a bird whose chief concernappears to be deep diving. It is on the constant errand of gettingmussels and other fish food which the saddle-back gull oftensnatches from it at the end of an unequal race if the duck doesnot end it suddenly by plunging under water. It is to Labradorand the north Atlantic islands that one must go to know this bird 128
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**%t PINTAILED DUCK Order—Anseres Family—Anatid^ Genus—Dafila Species—acuta National Association of Audubon Societies
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